In the beginning...

characterizing a moment in human history, comparatively (culture? America?)

The turn to ethnography as a way of knowing, and to particular settings in the United States

first in sociology



and then everywhere else


and then in anthropology

starting in Massachusetts

and then Illinois and the Middle West

and then everywhere else


as well as in political science, etc.


and with particular emphases on the perennial political issues of the day

on race and poverty


on integration, assimilation, socialization, and ethnicity


on gender, disability, abortion, medicine, etc.


Meanwhile ... the continued search for characterization

in the social sciences in general

and anthropology in particular

the first generation

and ongoing