The media have come to play an ever more prominent role in social and cultural life since the emergence of the so-called "mass media" in the late nineteenth century.
University of California Press, Duke University Press, In August ofthe theme of the venerable monthly publication, National Geographic, was "Global Culture.
Popular journalism is one thing; anthropology, however, should be quite another. Reviewing dissertation proposals for one foundation last year, I was surprised by the number of documents in which young scholars outlined their plans to examine manifestations of various cultural phenomena, from the steady thrum of hip-hop to the celestial vapors of transcendental meditation, as they have materialized in a variety of spaces all over the world ranging from [End Page ] the metropolitan to the remote.
They intended to do so, however, apparently without acknowledging that the meanings of such practices are still significantly mediated and thereby changed by a number of rather important institutions that continue to exist between the global and the local.
Based on a partial survey of current work in anthropology, one might almost be tempted to argue that "globalization" has become the master trope that now threatens to supplant that bedrock concept so crucial to the practice of ethnography, "culture.
She argues that since culture has been used as the lens through which the "native" is viewed and by which the "native" is constructed, and as it is a conceptualization that continues to reify the divide between the anthropologist as "self" and the native as "other," an opposition whose probity was increasingly challenged in the post-Writing Culture environment of the s, it is a notion to be textually resisted see also Appadurai ; Gupta and Ferguson Abu-Lughod makes several useful suggestions for ways to "write against culture" as an alternative strategy for the production of ethnography.
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Writing Against CUlture. In: R. FOx, ed., Recapturing Anthropology: Working In the Present, 1st ed. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, pp “Writing against Culture” from Richard G. Fox (ed.) Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present () Lila Abu-Lughod Editors’ introduction.
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It's fast and free! Writing Women's Worlds is Abu-Lughod's telling of those stories; it is also about what happens in bringing the stories to others. As the new teller of these tales Abu-Lughod draws on anthropological and feminist insights to construct a critical ethnography.
Abu-Lughod, Lila () `Can there be a Feminist Ethnography?', Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 5(1): Google Scholar, Crossref Abu-Lughod, Lila () `Writing Against Culture', in Richard Fox (ed.) Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present, pp.