Margaret C. Rodman is Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Anthropology, York University, 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3.
Empowering Place: Multilocality and Multivocality
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1992 American Anthropological Association
Volume 94, Issue 3, pages 640–656, September 1992
How to Cite
Rodman, M. C. (1992), Empowering Place: Multilocality and Multivocality. American Anthropologist, 94: 640–656. doi: 10.1525/aa.1992.94.3.02a00060
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
The concept of “voice” has received considerable attention in anthropology recently. This article suggests that the concept of “place” requires a concomitant rethinking. It explores ways in which place, like voice and time, is a politicized social and cultural construct. It applies insights from geography and sociology to the anthropological study of place, drawing on research in Melanesia, including the author's fieldwork in Vanuatu. The article concludes that attention to multilocality as well as multivocality can empower place conceptually and encourage understanding of the complex social construction of spatial meaning.