Mapping Europeanist Research

in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
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  • 1 Complutense University of Madrid abarrera@cps.ucm.es
  • | 2 Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities anna.horolets@ug.edu.pl

There are two meanings attached to the concept ‘Europeanist’ when applied within the boundaries of our discipline. The term can be used to refer to the practice of anthropology in Europe (e.g. Grillo 1980; Macdonald 1993). This usage primarily indicates the region where fieldwork and research is carried out, as when we label other such fields of anthropological practice ‘Africanist’ or ‘Americanist’. It is thus a mere indication of the regional focus of interest. A more circumscribed usage would take Europeanist anthropology as the anthropology of Europe (e.g. Goddard, Llobera and Shore 1994; Barrera-González 2005). The broader object of study being Europe itself, the term could not be properly applied to whatever piece of research and writing done on some part of Europe. Instead, it would entail studies with a substantial comparative dimension and/or a regional outlook.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

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