Conceptualizing Society

Conceptualizing Society

Conceptualizing Society

Conceptualizing Society

Synopsis

The first collection of papers taken from the first conference of the EASA, discussing the various models at the disposal of the modern ethnographer. Offers a lively account of the state of general theory in social anthropology today.

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The first conference of the newly formed European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), which was held in Coimbra, Portugal, in the summer of 1990, brought together social anthropologists from all over the continent. The various panels reflected diverse contemporary concerns, but there was a vivid sense that social anthropology retains a distinctive identity and is set to renew itself. It is still very largely a European tradition within the social sciences, but European self-consciousness is in a process of transformation, and social anthropology today is an open tradition influenced by developments in European sociology, historiography, and philosophy, by American cultural anthropology, and by cognitive science. Six collections of papers from the conference are being published to launch a new series of EASA papers in social anthropology. This volume, the first, is the record of one of the panels which inaugurated the Coimbra meetings.

Adam Kuper

London, March 1991

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