What is the future of anthropology? What role will anthropologists play in the globalized world of the 21st century? How can anthropology move beyond its origins as the discipline assigned to study the "savage"? These are some of the questions that Michel Rolph Trouillot poses in this book. Trouillot explores the history of anthropology, and challenges contemporary anthropologists to radically rethink the utility of the concept of culture, their emphasis upon fieldwork as the central methodology of the discipline, and their relationships to the people whom they study.
MICHEL-ROLPH TROUILLOT is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of numerous books, including Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (Beacon 1997), Haiti, State Against Nation: The Origins and Legacy of Duvalierism, and Peasants and Capital : Dominion in the World Economy (Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture).