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Title:The anthropology of Ethiopia 1999-2011: highlights and trends
Author:Abbink, Jon G.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 0304-2243)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
higher education
international cooperation
anthropological research
social research
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/44326701
Abstract:A brief overview of the development of the anthropology of Ethiopia in the past twelve years (1999-2011) is provided. The author contends that the anthropology of and in Ethiopia has shown a remarkable development, partly via the International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES) conferences. Starting from scratch in the 1950s as an ethnographic venture, anthropology has now emerged as a mature and important discipline, with an interactionist perspective on social reality and strong empirical roots. The main fields and themes of research include: economic anthropology; political anthropology; social organization, kinship and gender; worldview, religion (traditional, Ethiopian Orthodox, Evangelical-Pentecostal, and Islamist), cognition, and cultural symbolism; ecological-environmental anthropology; ethnicity and ethnic relations; pastoralism; conflict studies; conflict management and reconciliation; migration, displacement and refugees; orature and folklore; health and healing; education; urban anthropology; diaspora and transnationalism; indigenous knowledge; material culture, ethnic arts and crafts; and development studies. The author expects that in the future: 1. further institutional and scientific consolidation will be needed; 2. international cooperation will be fruitful for the theoretical and methodological development of anthropology in and on Ethiopia; and 3. the Internet will become more important for anthropological research and teaching. Notes, ref., bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]