Sabine Eggmann

Doing Research with “Culture” – Revisions and Potentials


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“Culture” has become a key concept in a variety of disciplines for quite some time now. Simultaneously the term is criticized a lot, since it is considered to be problematic both scientifically and socio-politically. In view of the discipline of Folklore Studies (Volkskunde) / European Ethnology / Cultural Anthropology the article retraces the functions of the concept of culture. Following the presentation of these functionalizations, which have a disciplining effect on “culture”, the author proposes three revisions in order to grasp the concept of culture in a more complex way.

concepts of culture, discourse analysis, ethnographical research, complexity

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Eggmann S. (2014). Forschen mit „Kultur“ – Revisionen und Potenziale. Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, 110(2), 269-289.