What Is ‘Global’ for Anthropology? A Focus on Circulation, Between ‘Flows’ and ‘Systems’



This paper deals with the issue of ‘Global’ and ‘globalization’ in anthropology, as seen as crucial approaches to ‘circulation’. The discipline, familiar with the study of ‘remote’, ‘primitive’, ‘isolated’ and non-Western societies and culture, has recently jumped in the train of Globalization Studies. But while many scholars believe that Globalization is responsible of a ‘mobility turn’ in anthropology, this paper recalls that, rather explicitly or more discreetly, the idea and concept of circulation and the corresponding methodology are as ancient as anthropology itself. Yet, one must recognize that the issue of ‘Global’ has nevertheless induced profound changes in the way of making anthropology, and not only in terms of circulation.


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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversité Lyon 2LyonFrance

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