Anthropology as Multicultural Propedeutics in Serbia - “The national science”, cultural policy and social hope Cover Image

Антропологија као мултикултурна пропедеутика у Cрбији - „Национална наука“, културна политика и друштвена надања
Anthropology as Multicultural Propedeutics in Serbia - “The national science”, cultural policy and social hope

Author(s): Miloš Milenković
Subject(s): Anthropology, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Keywords: Anthropology in Serbia; ethnographic realism; multiculturalism; cultural critique; politics of ideology; tolerance; postmodernism; cultural policy;
Summary/Abstract: As the Serbian state has entered the global terrain on which cultural policies are changing rapidly, practitioners of anthropology in Serbia, willing to inform and reinforce the state-governed project of multicultural tolerance and intercultural integration, should strive at dialogical contribution to those policies research, practice and advocacy. In the context of global crisis of reception of anthropology, which descended from the crisis of ethnographic representation that thoroughly transformed research of cultural identities in the late twentieth century, I propose a project that would promote anthropology into a multicultural propedeutics for Serbian society, with pragmatic justification. I am advocating paradoxical yet ideologically fruitful compromise between ethnographic realism and cultural critique, aimed at providing a new image for the discipline in wider contexts of cultural policy and education. The core idea is to reaffirm the discipline’s critical edge by de-ethnicizing its culture while retaining its position and the social role of “ the national science”. The proposed multitask model hybridizes the ethnographic realism on which identities are based with cultural critique that advertises its own vision of multicultural tolerance. It will hopefully facilitate the incorporation of the anthropological knowledge, perspectives and social hopes into the public realm after its post modernization, managing our discipline’s key trip into agenda of the state-governed educational institutions.

  • Page Range: 133-148
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Language: Serbian