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.

Locating the ‘Rural’ in Anthropology

Locating the ‘Rural’ in Anthropology

Locating the ‘rural’ in anthropology
Vanessa Koh Paul Burow Lav Kanoi Michael R. Dove


In spite of the common characterization of this as an age of rapid urbanization, it remains true that a significant portion of the world's population still inhabits rural spaces. Rurality is often associated with a narrative of absence, deficiency, and decline. Scholars have cautioned against the inclination to categorize the rural as a homogeneous place when there is ‘no single place, people, or way of life’ that can encompass and represent rurality around the world (Blanchette and LaFlamme, 2019: 52; Gusterson, 2017). The first half of this chapter charts out the genealogy of ...

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