By Werner Fricke, Peter Totterdill
The earlier is an more and more unreliable advisor to the long run. eu offices and the areas during which they're situated face extraordinary pressures and demanding situations. while in fresh many years incremental version has mostly been adequate to deal with exterior swap, it truly is not transparent that this continues to be the case. Globalisation, technological improvement and dissemination, political volatility, styles of intake, and worker expectancies are taking place at a cost that's challenging to degree. the speed of switch in those spheres is much outstripping the speed of organisational innovation in either eu organisations and public governance, resulting in a significant mismatch among the demanding situations of the twenty first Century and the organisational competence to be had to house them. during this context, there is not any transparent roadmap. The individuals to this quantity tackle those matters and show that construction the information base required by way of actors during this risky atmosphere calls for non-stop discussion and studying - a context during which social companions, local coverage makers and different individuals percentage various wisdom and think of adventure instead of looking and imitating any proposal of 'best practice'. motion study has an important position to play, embedding shared studying in the strategy of innovation.
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Particular national and corporate exhibits made reference to earlier world fairs as did the massive textual and audio-visual commentary. While Expo as an institution can be described and analyzed in terms of its particular historical trajectory and contemporary form, it is also an event which challenges the theories and methods of anthropology by working with the same conceptual tools as those with which we as anthropologists seek to comprehend. Chapter 2 uses the notion of auto-anthropology (Strathern 1987b) to raise questions about what happens when culture and context become explicit, and to focus explicitly on institutions (the exhibition, the nation state, cultural theory) that have embraced the possibility of treating culture as representation, of acknowledging the world as exhibition.
I thus decided to incorporate anthropology as part of the ethnographic object that was to become the focus of my research. As Herzfeld has noted, studies of Euro-American society rarely contemplate anthropological epistemology as an ethnographic object. To do so is to muddy the categorical distinction that privileges academic discourse over its object (Herzfeld 1987:15). It is my contention that one of the difficulties the discipline has with autoanthropology, as a distinctive ethnographic genre, arises from the blurring of distinctions between representation and practice which occur once we begin to look at the self-conscious production of culture.
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