Synopses & Reviews
What, in these times, in is anthropology for? How do anthropologists want to be understood? For whom do they write, and in what language? And can we use anthropology's past as a resource for thinking about challenges past and future? In his new book, Ulf Hannerz cements his reputation as one of anthropology's finest writers, showing how anthropology came to be a central intellectual discipline and why it is vital that it remains so in an increasingly globalized world. "Anthropology's world" refers, on the one hand, to the discipline as a social world in itself, as a community stretching across national boundaries. It also refers to the wider outside world to which it must relate in various ways. This book deals with the world of anthropology through a broad and revealing historical analysis, questioning the way anthropologists approach their work now, and speculating how they will do so in the future. Turning the toolkit of the anthropologist upon the discipline itself and asking searching questions of the purpose, ethics and future of the subject, Anthropology's World will be required reading for all students and practitioners of anthropology.
"Widely admired as a leading anthropologist of globalisation, Ulf Hannerz is also among anthropology's finest writers and most erudite scholars, although he tends to carry his considerable learning lightly. In this new book, part memoir, part dissection of the Zeitgeist, Hannerz shows how anthropology came to be a central intellectual discipline, and why it should stay that way in a globalised world where the local nonetheless refuses to be beaten into submission." --Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo
Maps the contemporary social world of anthropologists and its relation to the wider world in which they carry out their work.
In this masterly, state of the art work, Ulf Hannerz maps the contemporary social world of anthropologists and its relation to the wider world in which they carry out their work.
Raising fundamental questions such as 'What is anthropology really about?', 'How does the public understand, or misunderstand, anthropology?' and 'What and where do anthropologists study now, and for whom do they write?' Hannerz invites anthropologists to think again about where their discipline is going.
Full of insights and practical advice from Hannerz's long experience at the top of the discipline, this book is essential for all anthropologists who want their craft to survive and develop in a volatile world, and contribute to new understandings of its ever-changing diversity and interconnections.
About the Author
Ulf Hannerz is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and a former Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. His books include Cultural Complexity (1992), Transnational Connections (1996) and Foreign News (2004).
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: in the Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists world, and a world in itself
2. Editing anthropology: two experiences in space and time
3. Diversity is our business
4. Field worries: studying down, up, sideways, through, backward, forward, early or
later, away and at home
5. Making the world transparent
6. Flat world and the Tower of Babel: linguistic practices in a global discipline
7. Before and after: exploring the usable past
8. And next, briefly: toward 2050