Urban Anthropology, Postmodernist Cities, and Perspectives



WITH THE REALIZATION that “the city” was an essentialization and that anthropology of the city was a chimera, urban anthropology seems without a topic for study. This article argues that the need for urban anthropology has never been greater, if we consider that there are contesting perspectives constituting cities. One perspective appropriate to a renewed urban anthropology is presented in David Harvey's The Condition of Postmoderniiy (1989). Using that perspective the article demonstrates from ethnographic examples that deindustrialization in First-World cities has its flip side in industrialization of Third-World cities, [globalization, postmodernism, deindustrialization]