Imagining globalization in anthropology Diversity, equality, and the politics of knowledge
Thomas A Reuter
FOCAAL-JOURNAL OF GLOBAL AND HISTORICAL ANTHROPOLOGY | BERGHAHN JOURNALS | Published : 2015
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 gen..View full abstract
Thomas A. Reuter works at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, and the Australian Research Council supports his research. He would like to acknowledge the contributions of two anonymous reviewers who provided many useful comments on this article, as well as the guest editor of this theme section, Graeme MacRae.