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Yanomami: The Fierce Controversy and What We Might Learn from It

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Yanomami raises questions central to the field of anthropology—questions concerning the practice of fieldwork, the production of knowledge, and anthropology's intellectual and ethical vision of itself. Using the Yanomami controversy—one of anthropology's most famous and explosive imbroglios—as its starting point, this book draws readers into not only reflecting on but refashioning the very heart and soul of the discipline. It is both the most up-to-date and thorough public discussion of the Yanomami controversy available and an innovative and searching assessment of the current state of anthropology.

The Yanomami controversy came to public attention through the publication of Patrick Tierney's best-selling book, Darkness in El Dorado, in which he accuses James Neel, a prominent geneticist who belonged to the National Academy of Sciences, as well as Napoleon Chagnon, whose introductory text on the Yanomami is perhaps the best-selling anthropological monograph of all time, of serious human rights violations. This book identifies the ethical dilemmas of the controversy and raises deeper, structural questions about the discipline. A portion of the book is devoted to a unique roundtable in which important scholars on different sides of the issues debate back and forth with each other. This format draws readers into deciding, for themselves, where they stand on the controversys—and many of anthropologys—central concerns.

All of the royalties from this book will be donated to helping the Yanomami improve their healthcare.

Synopsis:

"If there is one book that redefines anthropology for the 21st century, this is it. It is a ground-breaking study that takes us to the ethical heart of the social sciences. Using the Yanomami controversy as a lens for examining anthropology itself, Borofsky asks anthropologists — from introductory students to advanced scholars — how we should craft the values that define our work and ourselves. This is an essential book for our times."—Carolyn Nordstrom, University Notre Dame

"What better way to learn anthropology than through one of its great controversies? Written in a lucid and concise manner, Yanomami is really two books in one: First, it is a riveting, issues-oriented text that is ideal for sparking interest and provoking discussion among introductory students; second it is an invaluable analysis of critical disciplinary questions that every anthropologist and anthropologist-in-the-making need ponder."—Alex Hinton, Rutgers University

About the Author

Robert Borofsky is Professor of Anthropology at Hawaii Pacific University and the author of Making History (1987) as well as the editor of Assessing Cultural Anthropology (1994) and Remembrance of Pacific Pasts (2000).

Table of Contents

A Note to Teachers

A Personal Note to Undergraduates

Suggested Yanomami/Yanomamö Films

Helping the Yanomami

Map

PART I

1 The Controversy and the Broader Issues at Stake

2 Chagnon and Tierney in Their Own Words

3 How the Controversy Has Played Out in American Anthropology

4 Broader Issues at Stake in the Controversy

5 Keeping Yanomami Perspectives in Mind

6 You Decide

7 A Platform for Change photographic interlude

PART II

8 Round One

9 Round Two

10 Round Three

11 Three Assessments

Appendix: Summary of the Roundtable

Participants Positions

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520244030
Subtitle:
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Public opinion
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Latin America - General
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Anthropology - General
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Yanomamo Indians -- Social conditions.
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Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 b/w photographs, 1 map
Pages:
391
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.08 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics

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"If there is one book that redefines anthropology for the 21st century, this is it. It is a ground-breaking study that takes us to the ethical heart of the social sciences. Using the Yanomami controversy as a lens for examining anthropology itself, Borofsky asks anthropologists — from introductory students to advanced scholars — how we should craft the values that define our work and ourselves. This is an essential book for our times."—Carolyn Nordstrom, University Notre Dame

"What better way to learn anthropology than through one of its great controversies? Written in a lucid and concise manner, Yanomami is really two books in one: First, it is a riveting, issues-oriented text that is ideal for sparking interest and provoking discussion among introductory students; second it is an invaluable analysis of critical disciplinary questions that every anthropologist and anthropologist-in-the-making need ponder."—Alex Hinton, Rutgers University

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