Anthropology in a postcolonial colony: Helen I. Safa's contribution to Puerto Rican ethnography. Article

Duany, J. (2010). Anthropology in a postcolonial colony: Helen I. Safa's contribution to Puerto Rican ethnography. . 38(2), 33-57. 10.1353/crb.2010.0054

cited authors

  • Duany, J

fiu authors

abstract

  • This article assesses Helen I. Safa's legacy to anthropological thought in Puerto Rico. The first part of the article locates Safa's research on the Island within a long tradition of fieldwork by U.S. scholars since the early twentieth century. More recent research, conducted mostly by Puerto Rican women anthropologists and other social scientists, has expanded upon Safa's insights on gender and work. The second part of the essay analyzes Safa's major empirical work, The Urban Poor of Puerto Rico: A Study in Development and Inequality. Above all, this book helped overcome the theoretical impasse over the culture of poverty that characterized much of urban anthropology during the 1960s and 1970s. The article concludes with an appraisal of the relevance of Safa's work for the ethnography of contemporary Puerto Rico.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010

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start page

  • 33

end page

  • 57

volume

  • 38

issue

  • 2