The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Anthropologcal perspectives on the globalization of cultures: persistency, evolutions, revolutions

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Papers to:
Email: Pascal Lardellier (Dijon)

ABSTRACT: When the matter is to analyse cultures in the broad meaning of the word, so anthropology is the first one to have the right to interfere. In fact, this discipline has been conspicuous in offering valuable and rigorous keys for the reading of cultural facts, understood in their totality and their diversity.

Anthropology, being inserted in an ancient historical tradition, has recently chosen modernity and uses its methods and concepts to consider the social evolutions and the technical revolutions of the contemporaneous world.

At the beginning of the 3rd millenium, the anthropologists insist on the possibility and the epistemological necessity of an "anthropology for contemporaneous worlds" (M.Augé). The recent researches conducted by Georges Balandier, Marc Augé or Constantin Von Barloewen show, that the anthropologists have decided to assume a theoretical and critical look at the evolution of cultural processes under the effect of globalization, new technology and media.

It is the study of a new symbolic economy in relationship which is proposed to the anthropologist in order to help thinking, due to the distance and the depth of this discipline, about a priori recent social forms of organization which, in fact, repeat former models hidden in outdated structures behind an apparent modernity.

This section wishes to bring together researchers proposing works of anthrpological inspiration concerning aims, methods and concepts. The papers will offer readings of the evolution of cultural facts under the influence of the progression of techniques and technology and the revolutions generated by globalization. Here studies on cultural representations proposed by the media as well as ideological and symbolic structures of communities emerging from post-modernism will also have a greater importance.