Why a European ethnology - And which one? Critical reflections on meaning and purpose of a European ethnology

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Abstract

The essay explores whether and how the perspective of European Ethnology might make a useful contribution to the study of contemporary issues, raising the question of what kind of ethnology - in terms of research practice and its theoretical foundations - would be the most appropriate and useful in this context, and what is needed to achieve this. A brief sketch of the current position and problems of the field is followed by an examination of three interconnected types of ethnology, which leads to reflections on processes of understanding and interdisciplinarity, and fi nally to consideration of what ethnologists can and should do, why, and how they might go about it.

Translated title of the contributionWhy a European ethnology - And which one? Critical reflections on meaning and purpose of a European ethnology
Original languageGerman/Deutsch
Pages (from-to)451-468
Number of pages18
JournalOsterreichische Zeitschrift fur Volkskunde
Volume63
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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