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Imagining globalization in anthropology

Diversity, equality, and the politics of knowledge

Thomas A. Reuter

Over the last century anthropological studies have served as a testimony to human cultural diversity, as well as highlighting the existential challenges we all share, but the discipline has failed to provide an undistorted mirror of this unity in diversity. Critics from postcolonial studies and within anthropology have argued that anthropological knowledge cannot be universal so long as representatives of only a few privileged nations participate in the process of its construction, and so long as there are significant power differentials among those who do participate. From the perspective of a performance theory of truth, there are two necessary conditions if we wish for anthropology to genuinely reflect the human condition. The first step is to improve global participation in the social production of anthropological knowledge by creating equality within the discipline. The second is to help create a more level playing field in the world at large by challenging abuses of power in contemporary societies. In this article I discuss recent efforts by international organizations in anthropology to satisfy some of these conditions.

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Michael Herzfeld

call the most powerful country in the world ‘post-colonial’? But freedom of expression and especially of cultural critique is not the same as the freedom to use hate speech. Cultural critique invites mutual engagement; hate speech refuses it. The issue

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Stuart Kirsch

S. Kirsch ( 2010 ), ‘ Capitalism and the politics of resignation ’. Current Anthropology 51 , no. 4 : 459 – 486 . doi: 10.1086/653091 . 10.1086/653091 Bose , P. and L. E. Lyons ( 2010 ), Cultural Critique and the Global Corporation

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Cognitive Disability

Towards an Ethics of Possibility

Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp

ethnographic account and analysis of ‘the actual lives … of people … who have little or no verbal language, who do not engage in cultural critique or political activism, who live in institutions or group homes, who require a great deal of assistance to manage

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The Hut-Hospital as Project and as Practice

Mimeses, Alterities, and Colonial Hierarchies

Cristiana Bastos

0104-59702014005000013 Huggan , Graham . 1997 . “ (Post)Colonialism, Anthropology, and the Magic of Mimesis .” Cultural Critique 38 : 91 – 106 . Imprensa Nacional da Guiné . 1933 . Assistência aos indígenas da Colónia da Guiné: Instrução e

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Fieldwork at sunset

Visual representations of anthropology online

Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins and Hannah Gould

Michael Fischer's (1986) Anthropology as Cultural Critique originates in colonialist objectification, positioned on a critical volume aimed at an internal, knowing audience, Fowles argues that the image instead “confronts and accuses” ( 2016: 14

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Corporal Punishment in Japan

One Path to Positive Anthropological Activism

Aaron L. Miller

.4324/9780203802076 Hale , C. R. ( 2006 ), ‘ Activist Research v. Cultural Critique: Indigenous Land Rights and the Contradictions of Politically Engaged Anthropology ’, Cultural Anthropology 21 , no. 1 : 96 – 120 . 10.1525/can.2006.21.1.96 Hori , G. V. S. ( 1994

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crushed little stars

A Praxis-in-Process of Black Girlhood

Jordan Ealey

Up in the Great Migration . Durham : Duke University Press . Christian , Barbara 1987 . “ The Race for Theory .” Cultural Critique 6 : 51 – 63 . . 10.2307/1354255 Collins , Patricia Hill . 2008 . Black

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Donald H. Holly Jr.

. Marcus , George , and Dick Cushman . 1982 . “ Ethnographies as Texts. ” Annual Review of Anthropology 11 : 25 – 69 . Marcus , George , and Michael M. J. Fischer . 1986 . Anthropology as Cultural Critique . Chicago : University of Chicago

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Kylie Message, Masaaki Morishita, Conal McCarthy, and Lee Davidson

a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be in love, as well as, arguably, a critique of the imperative to be a particular kind of archaeologist (15). Indeed, the fact that the book’s romantic love narrative perches just at the cusp of