Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back / Edition 1

Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back / Edition 1

by Catherine Besteman, Hugh Gusterson
     
 


"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… See more details below

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520243569
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/17/2005
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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 Kaplan’s 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 D’Souza’s 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

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