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People keep asking how anthropology is different from sociology, and everybody gets nervous.
I don't feel that an atmosphere of debate and total disagreement and argument is such a bad thing. It makes for a vital and alive field.
We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology. There isn't a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard.
I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.
The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about.
The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
Anthropology in general has always been fairly hospitable to female scholars, and even to feminist scholars.
The North African mule talks always of his mother's brother, the horse, but never of his father, the donkey, in favor of others supposedly more reputable.
Younger anthropologists have the notion that anthropology is too diverse. The number of things done under the name of anthropology is just infinite; you can do anything and call it anthropology.
Meaning is socially, historically, and rhetorically constructed.
I had a hard time convincing students that they were going to North Africa to understand the North Africans, not to understand themselves.
I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature, but anthropology is also field research. Writing is central to it.
My instincts are always against people who want to fasten some sort of hegemony onto things.
Anthropology never has had a distinct subject matter, and because it doesn't have a real method, there's a great deal of anxiety over what it is.
I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing his writing as an anthropologist.
We're getting closer to our nature.
I agree with Chomsky in almost nothing. When it comes to innate structures and so on, I'm very skeptical.
Most anthropologists are doing straightforward ethnography, and should.
It's always amusing to look at how something early in the 20th century was written in anthropology and how it's written now. There's been an enormous shift in how it's done, but yet you can't put your finger on someone who actually did it.
Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance.
Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has. Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias have been quite important, and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue.
If there's ever a place where you can't argue that you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit, it is surely in anthropology.
Two people have been really liberating in my mind; one is Wittgenstein and the other is Burke. I read Burke before he was a secular saint, before everyone was reading him.
I don't think things are moving toward an omega point; I think they're moving toward more diversity.
I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.
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