The Dark Side of the Moon: Conceptual and Methodological Problems in Studying Rural and Urban Worlds in Peru

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Recent anthropological theories deal with conceptualizations of culture and space. This article discusses these issues in relation to material from two different periods of fieldwork among villagers and migrants from a community in the Peruvian Andes. It demonstrates that their lives can only be understood when all ties of interdependence between the two groups are included in the analysis. It concludes that in a deterritorialized culture, territory plays a crucial role in people's identity, and living a double life does not imply having a double identity.

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