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"The punditocracy are our modern day mythmakers. The anthropologists assembled in this collection deftly debunk their myths and make a passionate case for the importance of anthropology to public debate. The authors present sustained, intelligent, and often biting and humorous criticisms of some of the most influential recent popular writings on social science and international relations. This is a very important book."—Bill Maurer, author of Recharting the Caribbean

"From an anthropological standpoint, the world increasingly looks as if it is led by glib, but uninformed, insensitive dolts. In this volume, the authors fight back against the pundits whose influential publications presume the same expertise as anthropologists. They underscore the overgeneralizations, prejudices, false reasoning, and inaccuracies of these popular authors and in doing so provide a useful corrective."—William Beeman, author of The Study of Culture at a Distance

"This volume is a bold attempt, in language as accessible as the reigning rhetorics, to remake the terms of public debate, to lessen the fear of the primordial, and to allow Americans to understand better the challenges, the errors, and the possibilities of what is being done elsewhere in their name."—George Marcus, co-author of Anthropology as Cultural Critique

"This 'must read' volume is Public Anthropology at its best. It invokes the anthropological veto, brings in voices from the margins, and talks back to society's new tribe of talking chiefs—the spin doctors, myth-makers, and pundits who reduce the richness and complexity of global and national dilemmas into bite-size and dangerous platitudes."—Nancy Scheper-Hughes, author of Death Without Weeping: the Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

Synopsis:

In this fresh, literate, and biting critique of current thinking on some of today's most important and controversial topics, leading anthropologists take on some of America's top pundits.

This absorbing collection of essays subjects such popular commentators as Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan, and Dinesh D'Souza to cold, hard scrutiny and finds that their writing is often misleadingly simplistic, culturally ill-informed, and politically dangerous. Mixing critical reflection with insights from their own fieldwork, twelve distinguished anthropologists respond by offering fresh perspectives on globalization, ethnic violence, social justice, and the biological roots of behavior. They take on such topics as the collapse of Yugoslavia, the consumer practices of the American poor, American foreign policy in the Balkans, and contemporary debates over race, welfare, and violence against women. In the clear, vigorous prose of the pundits themselves, these contributors reveal the hollowness of what often passes as prevailing wisdom and passionately demonstrate the need for a humanistically complex and democratic understanding of the contemporary world.

Available: November 2004

Pub Date: January 2005

About the Author

Catherine Besteman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colby College and author of Unraveling Somalia: Race, Violence, and the Legacy of Slavery (1999), among other books. Hugh Gusterson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science at MIT, is author of Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War (California, 1996) and People of the Bomb (2004).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Hugh Gusterson and Catherine Besteman

2. The Seven Deadly Sins of Samuel Huntington

Hugh Gusterson

3. Samuel Huntington, Meet the Nuer:

Kinship, Local Knowledge, and the Clash of Civilizations

Keith Brown

4. Haunted by the Imaginations of the Past:

Robert Kaplans Balkan Ghosts

Tone Bringa

5. Why I Disagree with Robert Kaplan

Catherine Besteman

6. Globalization and Thomas Friedman

Angelique Haugerud

7. On The Lexus and the Olive Tree, by Thomas L. Friedman

Ellen Hertz and Laura Nader

8. Extrastate Globalization of the Illicit

Carolyn Nordstrom

9. Class Politics and Scavenger Anthropology in

Dinesh DSouzas Virtue of Prosperity

Kath Weston

10. Sex on the Brain: A Natural History of Rape

and the Dubious Doctrines of Evolutionary Psychology

Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson

11. Anthropology and The Bell Curve

Jonathan Marks

Notes

Suggested Further Reading

List of Contributors

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520243569
Editor:
Besteman, Catherine
Editor:
Gusterson, Hugh
Editor:
Besteman, Catherine
Editor:
Gusterson, Hugh
Author:
Gusterson, Hugh
Author:
Besteman, Catherine
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Communication in anthropology.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Communication -- Political aspects.
Subject:
Common fallacies
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
282
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 14 oz

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In this fresh, literate, and biting critique of current thinking on some of today's most important and controversial topics, leading anthropologists take on some of America's top pundits.

This absorbing collection of essays subjects such popular commentators as Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan, and Dinesh D'Souza to cold, hard scrutiny and finds that their writing is often misleadingly simplistic, culturally ill-informed, and politically dangerous. Mixing critical reflection with insights from their own fieldwork, twelve distinguished anthropologists respond by offering fresh perspectives on globalization, ethnic violence, social justice, and the biological roots of behavior. They take on such topics as the collapse of Yugoslavia, the consumer practices of the American poor, American foreign policy in the Balkans, and contemporary debates over race, welfare, and violence against women. In the clear, vigorous prose of the pundits themselves, these contributors reveal the hollowness of what often passes as prevailing wisdom and passionately demonstrate the need for a humanistically complex and democratic understanding of the contemporary world.

Available: November 2004

Pub Date: January 2005

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