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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520243560

ISBN-13: 9780520243569

Pub. Date: 01/17/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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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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
Sales rank:
1,036,298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The seven deadly sins of Samuel Huntington24
3Samuel Huntington, meet the Nuer : kinship, local knowledge, and the clash of civilizations43
4Haunted by the imaginations of the past : Robert Kaplan's Balkan ghosts60
5Why I disagree with Robert Kaplan83
6Globalization and Thomas Friedman102
7On the lexus and the olive tree, by Thomas L. Friedman121
8Extrastate globalization of the illicit138
9Class politics and scavenger anthropology in Dinesh D'Souza's Virtue of prosperity154
10Sex on the brain : a natural history of rape and the dubious doctrines of evolutionary psychology180
11Anthropology and The bell curve206

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