The Leftist Discipline Debates its Right Wing?

Another very interesting debate has been prompted by an article by Hugh Gusterson, that is, the same article in Foreign Policy that was previously discussed on this blog. In my review I noted Gusterson’s contention that anthropology is “the most left-leaning discipline.” My writing on this blog seems to endorse another view, that anthropology contains […]

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National Security Research and the Geopolitical Context of Knowledge Production

Thinking about Hugh Gusterson’s “The U.S. Military’s Quest to Weaponize Culture” prompted me to consider some current developments, as reported by various news agencies and one think tank, as indications of new conditions of knowledge production and the kinds of pressures and constraints orienting social science research toward specific ends. For some these are “constraints,” […]

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Hugh Gusterson: “When Professors Go to War”

Apparently this is Minerva Season, as there seems to be a rush of new articles about Minerva. The latest is in Foreign Policy, and thanks to anthropophagous for drawing attention to the piece. The article is by Hugh Gusterson (and I recently noted another of his latest articles), titled “When Professors Go to War.” Those […]

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Not Radical Enough: Disengaged Anthropology (1.5)

“The choice to rely … on cultural anthropologists in the rebuilding of a defeated enemy has particular resonance now as the United States struggles to rebuild a stable and viable Iraq. … As the occupation of Iraq appears more complex by the day, where are the new Ruth Benedicts, authoritative voices who will carry weight […]

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Debating Public Anthropology: American Anthropologist

In connection with the items below, see: “NOT RADICAL ENOUGH”: DISENGAGED ANTHROPOLOGY Newly published articles: American Anthropologist March 2008, Vol. 110, No. 1, pp. 53-60 Posted online on May 8, 2008. (doi:10.1111/j.1548-1433.2008.00008.x) The Quest for Anthropological Relevance: Borgesian Maps and Epistemological Pitfalls MATTI BUNZL Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 […]

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Open Letter to Richard Shweder

November 11, 2007 Dear Professor Shweder, The op-ed page of the New York Times is one of the loudest megaphones in American intellectual life. Those who are privileged to use it have an obligation to do so with care. Your recent op-ed (“A True Culture War“) contained serious omissions and mischaracterizations in its depiction of […]

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