Very good points, John. I suppose we can say the same about the idea of culture from Boas and Benedict, the emphasis on meaning from Parsons and Geertz, and so on. I wonder how many contemporary anthropologists realize that Geertz's emphasis on culture as meaning came pretty directly from Parsons, with whom Geertz studied in the Harvard Department of Social Relations. And, of course, that Parsons was drawing on Max Weber.
But I do think some current approaches are more fully Marxist in content, one being postcolonialism. It appears to me that there are others that can be identified, but I want to hear what other people think.
It is only because of your parochial view of political and economic history, Philip, that a discussion of Marxism and anthropology has degenerated into this amateur discussion of the causes of the credit crunch. Against Nikos, I would claim that the essence of Marxist method is to locate ideas in a specific version of economic history. So I suggested that your attempt to explain the marginalization of Marx by the failure of the Warsaw Pack (sic) was anachronistic and false to boot. So you came back with this reductionist line about sub-prime mortgages, as if the US Congress was the world. It is pointless to direct you to alternative sources (e.g. CDOs and CDSs and Gillian Tett's fine book on how the market for credit derivatives to which AIG, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Bros and a number of others succumbed), since you are only interested in making cheap jibes. You clearly have no interest in a serious discussion of Marxism and anthropology, which makes me wonder why you launched it. I left this group because I found your behaviour intolerable. I returned because of the topic, only to find that nothing has improved.
Philip Carl SALZMAN said:With respect, John, there would have been no toxic assets if there had not been a flood of subprime mortgages. For the part of the government in this, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_policies_and_the_subprime_m....
Sounds like an interesting interview project to me.
As long as 'inequality' and 'study of inequality' exist, Marxism will never die. It will reborn in different avatars! The history of anthropology is too short! We need to wait! What happened to Culture of Poverty?