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Keith Hart commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"Lee, I'll offer you my explanations, in no particular order. Anthropologists have given up on speculating about the unity of humanity and simply chronicle the diversity (see Levi-Strauss cited by Huon). You can fill in the gaps for American…"
Nov 14, 2013
Lee Drummond commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"  Philip,     Your piece on “The Monstering of Anthropology” is an incisive, if depressing commentary on the beleaguered state of anthropology, what Keith calls “our dear anti-discipline.”  I thought…"
Nov 13, 2013
Huon Wardle commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"It sounds a little like the Situationist programme, Heesun."
Nov 13, 2013
Huon Wardle commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"It was Nietzsche who was able lay bare the condition of judgement My understanding of Nietzsche's writing, from my own reading, which is biased by my own Kantian tendency, is that Nietzsche's is a form of Kantian critique minus Kant's…"
Nov 13, 2013
Huon Wardle commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"Heesun, Graeber writes very vividly and in a register that is highly accessible to people unfamiliar with anthropology as a technical field; I think because he moves around a lot, he sometimes relies on memory more than he might. I noticed that in a…"
Nov 13, 2013
John McCreery commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"We should also note that structuralism, as L-S conceived it, was an attempt to overcome this antinomy. By postulating a "Mendeleevian Table of the Mind," a periodic table of elements of which all cultural manifestations are molecular…"
Nov 13, 2013
Huon Wardle commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"I was looking for the 1958 essay by Levi-Strauss that Heesun mentioned which I remembered as being an essay on race for UNESCO. I also remembered that Ernest Gellner said rather sarcastically that according to Levi-Strauss definition…"
Nov 12, 2013
Keith Hart commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"The basic point you make is an even more fundamental reason for going directly to the source rather than read through second-hand interpreters. The latter would not write a book unless they thought they could do better than the original somehow,…"
Nov 12, 2013
Keith Hart commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"Heesun, I was trained as a classicist and this conditioned me to read original texts written by authors who we know made a big difference to how we think. I have a number of observations to make along those lines. When I was teaching at Yale in the…"
Nov 12, 2013
Lee Drummond commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"  heesun,     Nietzsche and Lévi-Strauss make a volatile cocktail, don’t they?  One best served without benefit of a Tiki cup or cute little paper umbrella – just the raw spirits blending or warring with…"
Nov 12, 2013
John McCreery commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"Heesun, you have put your finger on one of the most serious weakness in anthropological theorizing today. Because there is simply too much to read everything, we fall into the habit of citing, not the original author to whom we trace an idea, but…"
Nov 12, 2013
John McCreery commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"Best news I've heard all day. Let me, in that spirit, plug a book that has just been published, Japan Copes with Calamity, ed. by Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger, and David H. Slater. Peter Lang AG, 2013. It reports on a collective…"
Nov 11, 2013
Huon Wardle commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"    So, we shouldn’t feel too bad when we see that anthropology books are disappearing from the shelves of even the most high-brow bookstores.  So what if Steven Pinker and Jared Diamond sell a hundred or a thousand copies to…"
Nov 11, 2013
Lee Drummond commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"All,     Fascinating and important ideas kicking around here; I’ll try to frame a Comment a bit later.  For now, though:   Huon,     Could you discuss the contrary trends in anthropology which you…"
Nov 9, 2013
Huon Wardle commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"We'll I couldn't help reading Cummings further after that and you are right, heesun, there is something both sinister and funny about his ramblings; sinister in the 'lunatics have taken over the asylum' sense and funny in so far…"
Nov 8, 2013
John McCreery commented on Philip Swift's blog post The Monstering of Anthropology
"Philip, one additional point. When I was in graduate school in the 1960s, Ethnography (exploratory research) and SCA (hypothesis testing) were were presented as opposite poles of the same spectrum. Ethnography generated hypotheses for testing by…"
Nov 8, 2013

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The Monstering of Anthropology

 

In 1983, Norman Tebbit, a minister in Thatcher’s government, justified cuts to the social sciences by saying that those who study ‘the pre-nuptial habits of the Upper Volta valley’ were not deserving of money. In…

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 6:00am — 28 Comments

The Relevance of Anthropology? A Marxist Response

 

The Relevance of Anthropology? A Marxist Response

 

 

Firefly: My friends, this man’s case moves me deeply. Look at Chicolini! He sits there alone, an abject…

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Posted on November 26, 2011 at 3:30am — 23 Comments

Writing the riots

 

Just after ten o’clock on Monday night, there was the first intimation that trouble was coming: sounds of a mass moving up the street outside – a sense of heavy presence. Turning off the lights, I looked out of the window. Down below, some sixty people were milling about. The constituency of the crowd was mixed: some white, some black, some Asian, though mostly young men. Many of them were hooded, their faces further hidden behind bicycle breath-masks, bandanas, or more…

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Posted on August 11, 2011 at 12:12am — 4 Comments

Phone Hacking, Sorcery and Parapolitics

 

‘My own view is, and I still hold with this view, that in terms of the reaction of people, the reaction is going to be primarily Washington and not the country because I think the country doesn’t give much of a shit about it other than the ones we've already bugged…most people around the country think that this is routine, that everyone’s trying to bug everyone else, it’s politics. That’s my view.’



This was Nixon, speaking in the Oval Office on the morning of the 21st…

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Posted on August 1, 2011 at 5:18am — 6 Comments

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At 11:14am on December 6, 2010, Stacy A A Hope said…
Hi Phillip!

I think that would be a great idea. You have creative freedom as to how your review may take shape. I will send you a private message with the rough guidelines.

Thank you for volunteering.

Stacy
At 12:07am on October 13, 2010, Jacob Lee said…
I just read your working paper Cosmetic cosmologies in Japan: Notes towards a superficial investigation. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to the seminar.
At 4:51am on June 8, 2010, Joel M. Wright said…
Thank you, Phillip.

I'm really enjoying your thread on hermeneutics.

Kudos to you, as it's not easy to argue in counterpoint to something that you agree with.
At 6:57pm on June 6, 2010, Neil Turner said…
Phillip,

Thank you for taking up the operative question in the debates. Now, we are debating.

tchau...
At 10:10pm on May 2, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Here is the essay by Bruce I was refferring to. Bruce Enlightenment.pdf

Bruce has a pamhlet for Sahlins's Prickly Paradigm series that is still forthcoming five years later. I am waiting for a paper he agreed to write for a conference i organized two years ago. That's par for Bruce. But we all forgive him for the sheer vitality of his spntaneous riffs.
 
 
 

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