Yanomami: The Fierce Controversy and What We Can Learn from It / Edition 1

Yanomami: The Fierce Controversy and What We Can Learn from It / Edition 1

by Rob Borofsky
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520244044

ISBN-13: 9780520244047

Pub. Date: 01/31/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

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

Overview

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 controversy’s—and many of anthropology’s—central concerns.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244047
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/31/2005
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
391
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
A Note to Teachersxi
A Personal Note to Undergraduatesxiii
Suggested Yanomami/Yanomamo Filmsxvii
Helping the Yanomamixix
Mapxx
Part I
1The Controversy and the Broader Issues at Stake3
2Chagnon and Tierney in Their Own Words22
3How the Controversy Has Played Out within American Anthropology35
4Broader Issues at Stake in the Controversy53
5Keeping Yanomami Perspectives in Mind61
6You Decide72
7A Platform for Change101
Photographic Interlude106
Part II
8Round One109
9Round Two157
10Round Three210
11Three Assessments282
AppendixSummary of the Roundtable Participants' Positions317
References343
Index359

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