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Theory in Anthropology

Theories guiding our thinking, and thinking about theory.

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Foucault and Consensus 17 Replies

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Recent Prestige Theory 4 Replies

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What's wrong with Quine? 78 Replies

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What use is Anthropology? 25 Replies

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Gramsci's notion of hegemony 8 Replies

Started by Toby Austin Locke. Last reply by Eugene L. Mendonsa Aug 11, 2011.

Do anthropologists now doubt that peoples and cultures are different from one another? 44 Replies

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by Michael Francis Nov 9, 2010.

Post-Subjective Anthropology 69 Replies

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by Amiria Salmond Oct 15, 2010.

Is structuralism an elaboration of dialectics? 32 Replies

Started by Joel M. Wright. Last reply by MAI Saptenno Oct 4, 2010.

Assemblage, Structuration, Praxis 10 Replies

Started by Joel M. Wright. Last reply by Joel M. Wright Sep 14, 2010.

Capitalism and Flow 8 Replies

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From Marxist anthropology to .......??? 34 Replies

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by Joel M. Wright May 10, 2010.

Closing down Philosophy? Call to action.

Started by Heike Schaumberg May 1, 2010.

Can anthropologists cheat? 17 Replies

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by John McCreery Feb 2, 2010.

Theory

Started by fahmid al zaid Dec 25, 2009.

Perspectivism vs. Domestication of Nature (?)

Started by Ricardo Samuel Monteiro Dec 20, 2009.

How can comparative analysis contribute to future progress in anthropology? 33 Replies

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by John McCreery Dec 11, 2009.

theory of 'joining the tribe'?? 2 Replies

Started by Sinead Devane. Last reply by Sinead Devane Dec 8, 2009.

What do we want out of a theory? 26 Replies

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by John McCreery Dec 2, 2009.

Any theory on Ecology of Poverty? 2 Replies

Started by Ranjan Lekhy. Last reply by Ranjan Lekhy Nov 29, 2009.

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Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 31, 2009 at 2:40pm
The photo: Well, in dealing with theory, we are often a bit at sea, and sometimes over our heads. Still, we should try to enjoy the scenery.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on June 1, 2009 at 2:50pm
Welcome to everyone. We already have the start of some interesting discussion. Please join in and share your ideas.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on June 2, 2009 at 2:54pm
What concerns about theory do you have? Why not raise them here.
Comment by Khari La Marca on June 9, 2009 at 1:52pm
Just joining the group.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on June 9, 2009 at 9:02pm
We welcome new discussions. This group belongs to all its members. If you would like to start a new discussion, just click on "Start Discussion" at the bottom of the "Discussion Forum" box, enter your topic, and off we go.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on June 12, 2009 at 2:21pm
More voices, different ideas, views, and opinions would enrich this site. Please comment on ongoing discussions and contribute new topics that begin new discussions.
Comment by John McCreery on December 24, 2009 at 9:44am
Here in Japan it is almost 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2009. Best wishes to all on whatever holidays you celebrate. A warm thanks for being here and participating in our conversations. May the new year be a peaceful, healthy and prosperous one.
Comment by James Cuffe on November 1, 2010 at 12:19am
I am writing for my doctoral thesis on the need for a new theoretical orientation that can overcome western dichotomoies of individual/society object/subject etc. In my research I want to show that many (though not all) approaches to the study of contemporary China lead to contradictory conclusions. China is confusing, but it is not inherently contradictory, so we need to stretch our understanding to accommodate China rather than stretching China to accommodate our theoretical underpinnings. This of course applies to any new field the anthropologist enters so please get in touch if you see some relevance here to your own research.
Comment by John McCreery on November 1, 2010 at 3:57am
"China is confusing, but not inherently contradictory."

Are you sure about that? I am not referring to the sort of language that pops up in tourist guidebooks all over East Asia. I am thinking, instead, of a long-standing body of anthropological and political theory whose roots go back to Marx and Hegel: anthropologists like Victor Turner and Pierre Bourdieu and political philosophers like Mao Tse-dong. They share the conviction that all societies are inherently contradictory and that identifying their contradictions and looking at how they are dealt with is the key to understanding them.
Comment by M Izabel on November 1, 2010 at 5:52am
The question: Is Marxism traditionally Chinese? If one asks the locals in a community if there's a contradiction in their culture, I don't think they can easily answer in the affirmative. A person who looks at a culture from its outside peripheries tends to see a negotiated conflict within the culture as a contradiction. It's the outside interpretation that's contradicting.

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