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 sector still nonetheless enjoys the broadest educational base, and draws the biggest variety of practitioners. during the last decade, a collection of serious matters has more and more engaged cultural anthropologists in heated debate. the 1st a part of this quantity contains a full-fledged dialogue of those concerns, delivering feedback for his or her confident resolution.

In spite of the disciplinary self-doubts engendered by way of postmodernism, the theory-building approach in anthropology has now not been deserted. the second one a part of the quantity provides a number of unique theoretical statements through which American and Canadian anthropologists set the premises for disciplinary traits 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 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 that could eventually unravel the disciplinary distinction among research and application.

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