By E. Liza Cerroni-Long
Cultural anthropology is at a crossroads. below the effect of postmodernist reviews, severe doubts were raised concerning the clinical validity―indeed, the very viability―of the ethnographic firm. those doubts were voiced such a lot loudly in North the USA, the place the sphere still nonetheless enjoys the broadest educational base, and draws the biggest 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 contains a full-fledged dialogue of those matters, delivering feedback for his or her optimistic resolution.
In spite of the disciplinary self-doubts engendered via postmodernism, the theory-building technique in anthropology has no longer been deserted. the second one a part of the quantity provides various 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 ideas provided during this quantity outline the parameters of disciplinary enlargement. North American cultural anthropology enters its moment century on a wave of theoretical innovation and pragmatic translatability which can ultimately get to the bottom of the disciplinary distinction among research and application.
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Anthropological Theory in North America by E. Liza Cerroni-Long