By E. Liza Cerroni-Long
Cultural anthropology is at a crossroads. less than the influence of postmodernist reviews, critical doubts were raised concerning the clinical validity―indeed, the very viability―of the ethnographic company. those doubts were voiced such a lot loudly in North the USA, the place the sector still nonetheless enjoys the broadest educational base, and draws the most important variety of practitioners. over the past decade, a collection of serious concerns has more and more engaged cultural anthropologists in heated debate. the 1st a part of this quantity encompasses a full-fledged dialogue of those matters, delivering feedback for his or her optimistic resolution.
In spite of the disciplinary self-doubts engendered through postmodernism, the theory-building strategy in anthropology has now not been deserted. the second one a part of the quantity provides a number of unique theoretical statements in which American and Canadian anthropologists set the premises for disciplinary tendencies prone to form anthropological perform for years yet to come. If, because it is prognosticated, the twenty first century will see an explosion of curiosity in cultural anthropology, the types and concepts offered during this quantity outline the parameters of disciplinary growth. North American cultural anthropology enters its moment century on a wave of theoretical innovation and pragmatic translatability that could eventually unravel the disciplinary distinction among research and application.
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Anthropological Theory in North America by E. Liza Cerroni-Long