Rupture and Continuity

in Navigators of the Contemporary

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226887517
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226887531 | DOI:
Rupture and Continuity

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The rupture of the tradition of cultural anthropology preceded the development of ethnography for present situations; contemporary ethnography takes place in the glorious ruins of classical anthropology. Ethnography for present situations presumes the classical tradition and indeed attempts to renew that tradition in a new key, and, at the same time, is acutely aware of ways in which the classical tradition is over, that is, it also presumes the rupture. Thus, ethnography for present situations should be understood neither as an effort at revolution nor counterrevolution, but instead as a response to the conflict; not exactly a synthesis, more an intellectually belated answer to the question: what do we do afterward?

Keywords: ethnography; ethnographers; cultural anthropology; present situations

Chapter.  4649 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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