By E. Liza Cerroni-Long
Cultural anthropology is at a crossroads. less than the effect of postmodernist opinions, critical doubts were raised in regards to the medical validity―indeed, the very viability―of the ethnographic firm. those doubts were voiced such a lot loudly in North the United States, the place the sphere still nonetheless enjoys the broadest educational base, and draws the biggest variety of practitioners. during the last decade, a suite of severe 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 concerns, delivering feedback for his or her positive resolution.
In spite of the disciplinary self-doubts engendered through postmodernism, the theory-building method in anthropology has now not been deserted. the second one a part of the quantity offers various unique theoretical statements in which American and Canadian anthropologists set the premises for disciplinary developments more likely 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 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