Globalisation has had a massive impact on the teaching and practice of anthropology. This book addresses the methodological problems that these changes have wrought.
The essays show how the focus has shifted from traditional studies of specific sites, towards the movements and shifts associated with increasing migration and population flows - the result of living in an increasingly globalised world.
Written by a range of distinguished anthropologists, it offers innovative new approaches to the discipline in the light of these changes, making it indispensable as a teaching text, at higher levels, and as mandatory reading for practitioners and researchers in a wide range of merging disciplines.
Topics explored include the methodology of studying on the internet; global and spatial identities in the Caribbean; shifting boundaries in coastal communities; the anthropology of political life; issues of law and the flow of human substances; and the diffusion of moral values created by globalisation.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and former President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. He is the author of numerous classics of anthropology, including Small Places, Large Issues - 4th Edition (Pluto, 2015) and What is Anthropology? - 2nd Edition (Pluto, 2017).
1. Thomas Hylland Eriksen: Introduction 2. Ulf Hannerz: Several sites in one: On multisited fieldwork. 3. Daniel Miller and Don Slater: On the methodology of studying the Internet 4. Karen Fog Olwig: Global places and spatial identities: perspectives from Caribbean research 5. Christian Krohn-Hansen: Into our time: the anthropology of political life in the era of globalisation 6. Marianne Lien: Shifting boundaries of a coastal community: tracing changes on the margin 7. Knut Nustad: Considering global/local relations: beyond dualism 8. Simone Abram: Anthropologies in policies, anthropologies in places 9. Sarah Lund: Commemorating global acts: A Norwegian way of holding an emigrant world together 10. Marit Melhuus: Exchange matters: issues of law and the flow of human substances 11. Signe Howell: The diffusion of moral values in a global perspective 12. Keith Hart: Epilogue