This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book describes the aspects of how that view came about, its consequences and how anthropologists might do things differently. It looks at a place to stand: theory, field and holism in contemporary anthropology' by Sabina Stan and it extends what Cohen and Sirkeci say. The book indicates more disturbing difficulties in the idea that the recording is what anthropologists do, and what they should do. It discusses critical anthropology for the present' by Jeff Maskovsky and Ida Susser, considers the changing status of concern with relationships in the discipline and its associated critical perspectives. Michael Blim describes the broader structures and historical processes that emerge from the relationships between entities and that concern political economy. Josiah Heyman addresses an important difference between the anthropology and the economics, which revolves around the question of the motives that drive those individuals.