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In defense of anthropology : an investigation of the critique of anthropology, Herbert S. Lewis

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In defense of anthropology : an investigation of the critique of anthropology
Title
In defense of anthropology
Title remainder
an investigation of the critique of anthropology
Statement of responsibility
Herbert S. Lewis
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book argues that the history and character of modern anthropology has been egregiously distorted to the detriment of this intellectual pursuit and academic discipline. The "critique of anthropology" is a product of the momentous and tormented events of the 1960s when students and some of their elders cried, "Trust no one over thirty!" The Marxist, postmodern, and postcolonial waves that followed took aim at anthropology and the result has been a serious loss of confidence; both the reputation and the practice of anthropology has suffered greatly. The time has come to move past this damaging discourse. Herbert S. Lewis chronicles these developments, and subjects the "critique" to a long overdue interrogation based on wide-ranging knowledge of the field and its history, as well as the application of common sense. The book questions discourses about anthropology and colonialism, anthropologists and history, the problem of "exoticizing 'the Other, '" anthropologists and the Cold War, and more. Written by a master of the profession, In Defense of Anthropology will require consideration by all anthropologists, historians, sociologists of science, and cultural theorists.--
  • "This volume brings together Herb Lewis' previously scattered papers written over the past two decades. Taken together they challenge anthropology's detractors and constitute a powerful critique of disciplinary critics, both within and beyond its borders. Lewis speaks in the multiple voices of historian of anthropology, disciplinary elder, and participant in many of the events he argues have been misrepresented by careless and uninformed scholarship. His incisive critique of the critics is devastating to their undocumented and inaccurate dismissals of anthropological knowledge and practice.He calls for study of the discipline's past to inform contemporary life. The anthropology he valorizes is up to the adaptive challenges of new social, political and economic forces
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Lewis, Herbert S
Dewey number
301.01
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
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In defense of anthropology : an investigation of the critique of anthropology, Herbert S. Lewis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-238) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Misrepresentation of Anthropology and Its Consequences 2The Radical Transformation of Anthropology: History Seen through the Annual Meetings of the AAA, 1955-2005 3. Anthropology Then and Now 4. Was Anthropology the Child, the Tool, or the Handmaiden of Colonialism?5Imagining Anthropology's History 6The Passion of Franz Boas7Franz Boas: Boon or Bane? 8American Anthropology and the Cold War 9 Anthropology or Cultural and Critical Theory? Epilogue References Index
Control code
FIEb17464171
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 244 pages
Isbn
9781412852890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)832706613
Label
In defense of anthropology : an investigation of the critique of anthropology, Herbert S. Lewis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Misrepresentation of Anthropology and Its Consequences 2The Radical Transformation of Anthropology: History Seen through the Annual Meetings of the AAA, 1955-2005 3. Anthropology Then and Now 4. Was Anthropology the Child, the Tool, or the Handmaiden of Colonialism?5Imagining Anthropology's History 6The Passion of Franz Boas7Franz Boas: Boon or Bane? 8American Anthropology and the Cold War 9 Anthropology or Cultural and Critical Theory? Epilogue References Index
Control code
FIEb17464171
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 244 pages
Isbn
9781412852890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)832706613

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