Sep 8, 2009

Hello students!

In this blog you can find more information about cultural anthropology and upload the lecture slides (left column). Later on you can also find your assignments posted here. Feel free to write and/or comment if you have something to share.


  1. Hi Jukka! Since I have been unable to attend the lectures I'll post my question here. As a student of intercultural communication the works of Edward T. Hall are familiar to me. He's contributions for the field of ICC are widely recognized and respected but how would you see his studies from anthropology's point of view? Did he push anthropology to chart uncharted waters or was he merely extending pre-existing findings? I would be most keen to hear your take on his studies.

  2. Thank you for you posting Mika! To tell you the truth, the only major things in Edward T. Hall's thought I have come across in my studies or research are his idea of low and high context cultures and his analyses on the cultural dimensions of time (polychronic/monochronic concepts of time). Both are interesting and useful categorizations for anthropology and the concepts have become popular in theoretical discussion too but perhaps, as you said, his ideas are more relevant in the field of ICC.

    Speaking of Halls, a perhaps most influential one in anthropology would be STUART Hall, a Jamaican born cultural theorist who is famous for his treatment of hegemony (following Antonio Gramsci), post-colonialism and cultural identity to name a few things. If you noticed by constant repetition of how we have multiple identities - that's Stuart's fault.

    Anyway, if you want to share something with us about Edward T. Hall's thinking, please feel free!