The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.

Anthropological Representation, Epistemology, and Ethics

Anthropological Representation, Epistemology, and Ethics

Anthropological representation, epistemology, and ethics
Gabriela Vargas-Cetina

Introduction: Houses of Mirrors

On the morning of January 1, 1994, the world woke up to the news that during the night groups of rebels in ski masks had occupied several cities in Chiapas, Mexico: Altamirano, Ocosingo, Las Margaritas, Chanal, and San Cristóbal de las Casas. They called themselves the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), and their demands, on a manifesto with the title ¡Basta! (Enough is enough!), were ‘work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace’ (EZLN, 1993). They called on the Red Cross to come to Chiapas to ‘watch over and regulate our battles,’ invoked the Geneva Convention, and called on the people ...

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