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With the end of colonialism and the emergence of a seemingly new world order there raised a demand that research be useful and relevant indicating that knowledge for its own sake was insufficient As a result of this what emerged was a new focus on development and modernization in the form of postmodernism In these changing times anthropology has come into contact with a variety of evolving concepts including hybridity montage fluidity and deconstruction The question remains how these concepts reflect the social cultural and political changes that are occurring in study of anthropology today Postmodernism as theoretical school of thought is an intellectual movement that promotes itself as the antithesis of modernism rejecting the traditional theories that culture can be accurately described in certain situations The term was introduced in the late 1940s as anthropologists were forced to contend with the changes created by postmodernism in a variety of ways beginning with the challenge to anthropological authority It is felt by many that it is incredibly arrogant for anthropologists to assume that they have both the capacity and mandate to dissect interpret and describe the lives of people in other cultures given the power and wealth imbalance of the colonial past leaving the other unable to speak for himherself Today despite the multicultural and ethnically aware world that we live in anthropologists are not capable of an unbiased and accurate ethnographic work In part there concern is founded To my knowledge there rests no undocumented peoples on the planet as such ethnologies today focus on sub-group structure and societal dynamics always influenced by the Western world Depending on the position that one takes the results can be very different An example of this is an anthropologist that used the reflexive technique to understand the culture in which he studied Renato Rosaldo was not able to identify with them until the death of his wife occurred Rosaldo studied the Ilonget who used headhunting as a
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