Culture, Cultures, & Cultural Relativism

From Culture to cultures

These content sections will explore cultural anthropology. One of the main ideas here is how the anthropological idea of Culture was introduced and how it then turned to plural cultures. For an overview see The Anthropological Concept of Culture. Ultimately, I agree with Michel-Rolph Trouillot that anthropology must bid “Adieu Culture” (Global Transformations 2003).

My 2016 course in Cultural Anthropology traced this trajectory. For Cultural Anthropology 2018 I am taking an approach which will emphasize aspects of anthropology that are a “toolkit” for today’s times. See also the Category with Blog-Posts related to Cultural Anthropology.


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