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Knowledge production and the politics of positionality in globalized and neoliberalized times

Graeme MacRae

Keywords: anthropologies; globalization; knowledge production; neoliberalism; peripheries; political of knowledge; universities

Abstract

This theme section seeks to keep alive important debates about the place of anthropology in the world that have been raised periodically since the 1970s, and most recently in a special issue of this journal entitled “Changing Flows in Anthropological Knowledge” (Buchowski and Dominguez 2012). The three articles in this theme section consider the place of anthropology in the university system, the building of a world anthropology, and the methodological challenges of the new conditions in which we work. All three critically address the interface and relationship between areas of changing power/knowledge and their relevance to the future of anthropology: both its place in the world and its contribution to the world.

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MacRae, Graeme - Massey University, Albany