Journal article

World Anthropology and its Institutional Challenges: A history of the transformative impact of democratic internationalization on the discipline of anthropology

Thomas Reuter

Lietuvos Etnologija: socialines antropologijos ir etnologijos studijos = Lithuanian Ethnology: Studies in Social Anthropology and Ethnology | Lietuvos Istorijos Institutas (Lithuanian Institute of History) | Published : 2019


Anthropology reveals a rich diversity of human cultures, while also highlighting our commonalities. The discipline is a distorted mirror of this unity in diversity, however, so long as anthropologists from only a few, privileged cultures dominate the process of global knowledge construction. The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) was founded to address this. The WCAA provides a global platform for democratic participation in the spirit of a new ‘world anthropologies’ paradigm, which recognises that our understanding of other cultures is perspectivistic, and hence, to be fully understood, every culture needs to be contemplated from the multiple perspectives of all ‘anthropol..

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