Beyond “Culture”: Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference

  title={Beyond “Culture”: Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference},
  author={Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson},
  journal={Cultural Anthropology},
For a subject whose central rite of passage is fieldwork, whose romance has rested on its exploration of the remote ("the most other of others" [Hannerz 1986:363]), whose critical function is seen to lie in its juxtaposition of radically different ways of being (located "elsewhere") with that of the anthropologists' own, usually Western, culture, there has been surprisingly little self-consciousness about the issue of space in anthropological theory. (Some notable exceptions are Appadurai [1986… 

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  • Sociology
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 2003
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  • R. Rouse
  • Art
    Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
  • 1991
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