Anthropology in the world: Limits and unity (Respond to this article at



This editorial anticipates the conference Anthropology in the World by reflecting upon the influence of anthropology, and its limits, arguing that it is only by knowing where these limits are that we can be sure where and how it can best be judged. It is too, a call for unity, suggesting that in seeking to influence the external world, anthropology should unite across its sub-disciplines, and in doing so a mutually-beneficial exchange of practice, ideas and methodology will emerge.