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Reflexivity

What is "reflexivity," and what part could it play in anthropological research?

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

25 Jul 11, 2009
Reply by Igor Alcyon

BIOLOGICAL CELL AS A MODEL OF CULTURAL EVOLUTION

We all know that, when the cell was discovered in biology, the scientific concept of life became quite different......It was discovered tha…

Started by Nold Egenter

4 Jul 3, 2009
Reply by NIKOS GOUSGOUNIS

How important is 'evidence' for anthropological knowledge, and theory?

Modern anthropology has always been the intersection of two modes of knowledge production: ethnography and theory. We implicitly understand…

Started by Timm Lau

15 Jun 16, 2009
Reply by John McCreery

What is the nature of human nature?

Nothing is more basic theoretically than our concept of human nature. How we understand human nature guides our investigations and our inte…

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

6 Jun 14, 2009
Reply by Igor Alcyon

Should anthropology be theory driven?

Some influential anthropologists have argued that we must have clear theory and follow it consistently. Marvin Harris disparaged those anth…

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

18 Jun 8, 2009
Reply by Philip Carl SALZMAN

Can unforeseen events be addressed theoretically?

During my ethnographic research in highland Sardinia over a seven year period, I was struck by how each year was different from the previou…

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

13 Jun 8, 2009
Reply by John McCreery

Does postcolonial theory neglect local cultures?

Eric Wolf, in Europe and the People Without History, argued that local peoples were not passive receptors of imperial and colonial encroach…

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

1 Jun 5, 2009
Reply by Philip Carl SALZMAN

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