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Diffusionism, Appropriation, and Globalization. Some Remarks on Current Debates in Anthropology

Hans Peter Hahn
Anthropos
Bd. 103, H. 1. (2008), pp. 191-202
Published by: Anthropos Institut
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40466874
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Diffusionism is a long-standing theoretical issue in anthropology. The current research on globalization often shows astonishing similarities between the 19th century understanding of diffusion and the most recent interpretations regarding globally circulating cultural phenomena. These parallels indicate the impact of global influences on local cultures. Instead of adopting a macro perspective that promotes a world map outlook, the author proposes a closer examination of local action in the context of global influences in order to avoid the reemergence of the shortcomings that led to the termination of the 19th century approaches. The focus on the local perspective through study of cultural appropriation appears to be an optimal way to understand the working of globalization on local levels.

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