Postmodern Time: An Analysis of Cultural Perception and Effects Within the Discipline of Anthropology

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This poster project focuses on cultural perspectives of time during the postmodern era by utilizing an anthropological lens. To do so, this poster analyzes the work of scholars such as Fredric Jameson, Jean-Francois Lyotard, David Harvey, Jay Griffiths, and Clifford Geertz in order to describe key features of postmodernism and its relation to the field of anthropology. In doing so, this work aims to show that postmodernism is a theoretical movement that began after World War II and gained a large amount of popularity by the 1960s, which was an era categorized by radical changes that drastically impacted the spheres of both space and time through technological innovation. Using this premise, this poster then argues that these changes not only had a profound influence upon perspectives of time but also further significantly impacted postmodern theory and the conducting of ethnographic work within the anthropological sphere. As such, this poster ultimately aims to not only provide a better understanding of the context surrounding the rise of postmodernism but also illustrate its connection with and implementation within the anthropological discipline.

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Tony Krus

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