Anthropology's World: Life in a Twenty-First Century

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"Ulf Hannerz takes readers behind-the-scenes with wit, insight, political acuity, and a good measure of humanity. His observations about the frequent privileging of English in today's 'global discipline' and its consequences are especially sharp."-Virginia R. Dominguez, President, American Anthropological, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" "Widely admired as a leading anthropologist of globalization, Hannerz... shows how anthropology came to be a central intellectual discipline, and why it should stay that way in a globalized world where the local refuses to be beaten into submission."-Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo" "In this masterly book, 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.

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"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
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Meet 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).

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Table of Contents


Series Preface

1 Introduction: In the World, and a World in Itself 1

2 Editing Anthropology: Two Experiences in Space and Time 13

3 Diversity Is Our Business 38

4 Field Worries: Studying Down, Up, Sideways, Through, Backward, Forward, Early or Later, Away and at Home 59

5 Making the World Transparent 87

6 Flat World and the Tower of Babel: Linguistic Practices in a Global Discipline 113

7 Before and After: Exploring the Usable Past 131

8 And Next, Briefly: Toward 2050 161

Notes 167

References 184

Index 199

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