Modes of Theory – William Vega

I came to anthropology for fieldwork and not for the theory. It is in the field that you learn you need theory, but you also realise that theory is tied to regions and regional politics. These ties to regions and topics keeps us from creating research that has not already been done before. A lot of anthropologists are unwilling to let some theories go, based on what they observe in the field. There is an uneasy fetishization of theory that actually impedes the growth of theory. We need to be willing to let the field alter our theoretical standpoints.

William Vega


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