Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology
Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal and Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes, and the coeditor of The Peru Reader, all also published by Duke University Press.
This chapter historically situates the writing culture moment in the 1980s, comparing it to developments in other anthropological subdisciplines at that time. It argues that twenty-five years later practitioners within different subfields tell very different histories of anthropology; a moment that is seminal in one telling may be coincidental in another.