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Standing on the shoulders of giants? Anthropology and the city

Jones, Gareth A. and Rodgers, Dennis (2016) Standing on the shoulders of giants? Anthropology and the city. Etnofoor, 28 (2). pp. 13-32. ISSN 0921-5158

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Abstract

It has become increasingly commonplace to note that the past decade has witnessed a proliferation of anthropological studies dealing holistically with the dynamics of cities and city-living, to the extent that the current moment is considered to represent something of an epistemological ‘flourishing’ within anthropology, particularly in relation to the benchmark of the discipline’s historical urban mainstay, the neighbourhood ethnography. Studies explicitly offering a window onto the broader nature of urban contexts are not necessarily new, however, and indeed, were arguably the basis upon which urban anthropology originally emerged as an identifiable sub-discipline before subsequently taking a more particularistic turn. This article offers a re-appraisal of the origins and evolution of holistic urban anthropological approaches, explaining how, why, and in what context these coalesced during the first quarter of the 20th century, as well as offering an explanation for the ensuing rise of more parochial approaches to city life. It does so based on an alternative intellectual history of the famous Chicago School of Sociology (CSS), in particular highlighting the epistemological debt contemporary anthropological studies implicitly owe to the CSS, as well as the enduring lessons that the urban studies it inspired potentially continue to offer for anthropology.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://etnofoor.nl/
Additional Information: © 2016 Stichting Etnofoor
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 15:14
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 11:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67929

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