Current Trends in French Ethnology.


French ethnology today is a very active discipline that deals with the concepts and methods of social anthropology in so far as they are relevant in accounting for the specificity of a complex, industrialized society. The paper summarizes the history of the discipline, its relationships with folklore and museums, and delineates the main fields of contemporary research: the city, culture, symbols and values, kinship. The most influential titles published in the last twenty years appear in the detailed bibliography.

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Segalen M. (1985) “Current Trends in French Ethnology.”, Ethnologia Europaea. 16(1). doi:


Martine Segalen (Université de Paris X-Nanterre)




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