The world in pieces: culture and politics at the end of the century
in: Focaal: European journal of anthropology (Utrecht/NED: Stichting Focaal), no. 32 (1998), pp. 91-117


(by Clifford Geertz)




In a series of three lectures originally delivered in 1995, it is argued that, given the fragmentation of political forms since 1989 & the rise of so-called ethnic conflicts around the world, political theorists, anthropologists, & other human scientists must address the conceptual issues that arise. A review of both the general state of things & some particular cases is offered to develop, from the point of view of a cultural anthropologist, a more useful framework for understanding the more pluralistic pattern of relationships that seems to be emerging among the world's peoples. 
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