Contemporary Cultural Anthropology in Poland

Andris Skreija, University of Nebraska at Omaha


Contemporary cultural anthropology in Poland i s characterized by two types of change within the discipline. One is the change in emphasis from founding or renewing old institutions, such as departments in universities, museums, and research institutes, to maintaining and improving them. Accounts of Polish post-World War II ethnography stress the rebuilding of the old institutions and the expansion of the discipline by the founding of new ones (e.g., Kutrzeba-Pojnarowa 1964, 1968). While it is difficult to predict the course of future events, it appears that the rebuilding and founding phase is all but over and that current emphasis and future activity will focus on maintaining and improving existing institutions.