This text reassesses the concept of community within anthropological studies. The practice of fieldwork in anthropology has traditionally been undertaken with the assumption that places are fixed in time and space. This approach has w been extensively revised by contemporary anthropologists who are more likely to stress the mobility of modern society, which is characterized by migration, shifting identities and boundaries. The authors move on from this argument to ask - as local ecomies are w embedded within global systems of production, and yet migrants frequently face barriers to their own movements - how should we w conceive of the interaction between sociality and individuality? What are the political, theoretical and ethgraphic implications of this interaction.
Nigel Rapport is Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is author of a number of books including Tran'scendent Individual (Routledge, 1997). Vered Amit-Talai is an Associate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal.