By E. Liza Cerroni-Long
Cultural anthropology is at a crossroads. below the impression of postmodernist reviews, severe 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 United States, the place the sector still nonetheless enjoys the broadest educational base, and draws the most important variety of practitioners. during the last decade, a suite of serious concerns has more and more engaged cultural anthropologists in heated debate. the 1st a part of this quantity incorporates a full-fledged dialogue of those matters, delivering feedback for his or her optimistic resolution.
In spite of the disciplinary self-doubts engendered by means of postmodernism, the theory-building technique in anthropology has now not been deserted. the second one a part of the quantity provides a number of unique theoretical statements wherein American and Canadian anthropologists set the premises for disciplinary traits 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 versions and concepts provided 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 which could eventually unravel the disciplinary distinction among research and application.
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Anthropological Theory in North America by E. Liza Cerroni-Long