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Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Cultural Anthropology (Taking Sides: Cultural Anthropology)
Synopses & Reviews
This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in cultural anthropology. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading anthropologists and educators, reflect a variety of viewpoints. Each reading has been selected for its liveliness, substance, and relevance to the topics included in college-level study of cultural anthropology.
Table of Contents
PART 1. Theoretical Issues
ISSUE 1. Should Anthropology Stop Trying to Model Itself on the Natural Sciences?
YES: Clifford Geertz, from The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
NO: Robert L. Carneiro, from “Godzilla Meet New Age Anthropology: Facing the Post-Modernist Challenge to a Science of Culture,” Europaea (1995)
ISSUE 2. Was Margaret Mead’s Fieldwork on Samoan Adolescents Fundamentally Flawed?
YES: Derek Freeman, from Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth (Harvard University Press, 1983)
NO: Lowell D. Holmes and Ellen Rhoads Holmes, from Samoan Village: Then and Now, 2d ed. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 1992)
ISSUE 3. Should Anthropologists Abandon the Concept of Culture?
YES: Lila Abu-Lughod, from “Writing Against Culture,” in Richard G. Fox, ed., Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present (School of American Research Press, 1991)
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