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The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
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.
People keep asking how anthropology is different from sociology, and everybody gets nervous.
My instincts are always against people who want to fasten some sort of hegemony onto things.
Most anthropologists are doing straightforward ethnography, and should.
Meaning is socially, historically, and rhetorically constructed.
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.
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.
If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information. Language or writing is a code.
I've written a lot of books which are written from the moon - the view from nowhere.
I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature, but anthropology is also field research. Writing is central to it.
I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science, and it's about social constructionism. So I would say I'm a social constructionist, whatever that means.
I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.
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