Issue 27.4, November 2012

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Essay Excerpt -

"The present remains a problem in anthropology now: not as an interval between the past and the future, but as a chasm between the timeless and the timely.  On the one side are those persistent fictions that would invest particular peoples, cultures, or places with an unchanging quality or structure.  On the other side are those anxious imaginations that would invest our time – in an epochal sense – with a force and momentum of its own."  

- Anand Pandian's essay, "The Time of Anthropology: Notes from a Field of Contemporary Experience"

The November 2012 issue of Cultural Anthropology includes eight original articles and a review of Rupert Stasch's book, Society of others: kinship and mourning in a West Papuan place (2008).