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Navigators of the Contemporary: Why Ethnography Matters

David A. Westbrook


As the image of anthropologists exploring exotic locales and filling in blanks on the map has faded, the idea that cultural anthropology has much to say about the contemporary world has likewise diminished. In an increasingly smaller world, how can anthropology help us to tackle the concerns of a global society? This book argues that the traditional tool of the cultural anthropologist—ethnography—can still function as an intellectually exciting way to understand our interconnected, yet mysterious worlds. It describes the changing nature of ethnography as anthropologists use it to analyze place ... More

Keywords: anthropology, ethnography, cultural anthropology, anthropologists, corporations, financial institutions, science, military, religion, global society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226887517
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226887531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Westbrook, author