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By Pnina Werbner

Anthropology and the recent Cosmopolitanism breaks new flooring in theorizing the position of social anthropology as a self-discipline that engages with the ethical, monetary, felony and political adjustments and dislocations of a globalizing international. The book's significant innovation is to teach the way in which cosmopolitans past the North--in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia, India, Africa, the center East and Mexico--juggle universalist commitments with roots in neighborhood cultural milieus and specific groups. It introduces the reader to key debates surrounding cosmopolitanism within the social sciences, and is written sincerely and accessibly for undergraduates in anthropology and comparable matters.

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The Manchester department came into being in 1949, and soon thereafter there was a Manchester school. Cambridge was won for social anthropology with the appointment of Meyer Fortes to the chair about 1950, and Cambridge quickly acquired its own dogmas and sense of superiority. And so it went. In such ways does the field of anthropology and the history of the Association conform to anthropological theory and illustrate how demographic and geographical factors affect human affairs. For what is factionalism but the playing-out of fission and fusion in group formation and disintegration, the latter hindered and delayed by the existence of cross-cutting ties among contenders.

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Its members recognised this, and were quick to differentiate between themselves and others who might claim to be anthropologists. Cosmopolitan sympathies were extended only so far. They had little good to say of American anthropology, except that carried out by Chicago students of Radcliffe-Brown, and were especially dismissive of work labelled culture and personality. They were adamant that various British anthropologists who were not of the Malinowskian elite were unworthy of the name even though they might hold teaching positions in Britain itself and their ethnographic publications, at least to the outsider, compared well with those admitted to the canon.

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