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World Watching

Streetcorners and Newsbeats on a Journey through Anthropology, 1st Edition

By Ulf Hannerz


232 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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This book reflects on the author’s distinguished scholarly career over half a century, linking personal biography to changes in the discipline of anthropology. Ulf Hannerz presents a number of important essays along with a brand new chapter that allow readers to track developments in his own thinking and interests as well as broader changes in the field. In doing so he provides students with valuable insight into the research process and the building of an anthropological career. Featuring work conducted in the United States, Africa, Sweden, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands, the book spans a period in which anthropology adapted to new global circumstances and challenges. Hannerz covers the emergence of the fields of urban anthropology, transnational anthropology and media anthropology in which he has played a significant role. The chapters demonstrate interdisciplinary openings toward other fields and bear witness to anthropology’s connections to world history and to public debates.

Table of Contents

Prospectus: stops along the way

1. The notion of ghetto culture

2. Washington and Kafanchan: a view of urban anthropology

3. The management of danger

4. Marginal entrepreneurship and economic change in the Cayman Islands

5. Tools of identity and imagination

6. The world in creolization

7. Flows, boundaries and hybrids: keywords in transnational anthropology

8. Other transnationals: perspectives gained from studying sideways

9. Being there…and there…and there! Reflections on multi-site ethnography

10. Foreign correspondents and the varieties of cosmopolitanism

11. Touring Soweto: culture and memory in urban South Africa

12. Reflections on varieties of culturespeak

13. A detective story writer: exploring Stockholm as it once was

14. Neighbors in a south Swedish village: globalization, small-scale and unexpected

About the Author

Ulf Hannerz is emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General