A Brief Survey of English Language Research on Yugoslav Cultural and Social Anthropology and Ethnology

Joel M. Halpern, University of Massachusetts - Amherst


"The focus of this article is an examination of English language sources dealing with Yugoslavia, mainly the works of American anthropologists in the postwar period. Since cultural and social anthropology as known in the United States and Western Europe does not exist as a separate discipline in Yugoslavia, it is necessary to broaden the field of inquiry to include certain aspects of ethnology and sociology insofar as we wish to include the works of Yugoslav scholars investigating aspects of their own country. The intellectual background and work of Yugoslav researchers has been considered in detail in an earlier article (Halpern and Hammel 1969). The present paper can be viewed as a supplement to the author's "Ethnology in Yugoslavia since World War II: A Review of Research and Publications" (forthcoming), which surveys primarily Serbo-Croatian sources."