Contemporary Comparative AnthropologyThe Why We Post Project

Miller, D, Costa, E, Haapio-Kirk, L, Haynes, N, Sinanan, J, McDonald, T, Nicolescu, R, Spyer, J, Venkatraman, S and Wang, X 2019, 'Contemporary Comparative AnthropologyThe Why We Post Project', Ethnos, vol. 84, no. 2, pp. 283-300.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Contemporary Comparative AnthropologyThe Why We Post Project
Author(s) Miller, D
Costa, E
Haapio-Kirk, L
Haynes, N
Sinanan, J
McDonald, T
Nicolescu, R
Spyer, J
Venkatraman, S
Wang, X
Year 2019
Journal name Ethnos
Volume number 84
Issue number 2
Start page 283
End page 300
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract This paper confronts the disparity between a tradition that has defined anthropology as a comparative discipline and the practices which increasingly embrace cultural relativism and the uniqueness of each fieldsite. It suggests that it is possible to resolve this dilemma, through creating a vertical structure that complements the horizontal task of comparison across fieldsites. This vertical structure is composed of different methods of dissemination which make explicit a series of steps from a baseline of popular dissemination which stresses the uniqueness of individuals, through books and journal articles with increasing degrees of generalisation and comparison. Following this structure leads us up through analysis to the creation and employment of theory. This allows us to make comparisons and generalisations without sacrificing our assertion of specificity and uniqueness. We illustrate this argument though a recent nine-field site comparison of the use and consequences of social media in a project called Why We Post..
Subject Anthropology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Comparative anthropology
digital anthropology
social media
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00141844.2017.1397044
Copyright notice © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
ISSN 0014-1844
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