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What Kinship Is-And Is Not
In this pithy two-part essay, Marshall Sahlins reinvigorates the debates on what constitutes kinship, building on some of the best scholarship in the field to produce an original outlook on theExpand
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What is Anthropological Enlightenment? Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century
Figure 1  ▪ Abstract A broad reflection on some of the major surprises to anthropological theory occasioned by the history, and in a number of instances the tenacity, of indigenous cultures in theExpand
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Culture in Practice: Selected Essays
Culture in Practice collects the academic and political writings from the 1960s through the 1990s of anthropologist Marshall Sahlins. More than a compilation, Culture in Practice unfolds as anExpand
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The Western illusion of human nature : with reflections on the long history of hierarchy, equality, and the sublimation of anarchy in the West, and comparative notes on other conceptions of the human
Reflecting the decline in college courses on Western Civilization, Marshall Sahlins aims to accelerate the trend by reducing "Western Civ" to about two hours. He cites Nietzsche to the effect thatExpand
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Goodby to Tristes Tropes: Ethnography in the Context of Modern World History
  • M. Sahlins
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Modern History
  • 1 March 1993
In the midst of all the hoopla about the new reflexive anthropology, with its celebration of the impossibility of systematically understanding the elusive Other, a different kind of ethnographicExpand
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Climate change and the integrity of science.
We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts.Expand
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What kinship is (part two)
Following on the determination of kinship as mutuality of being, Part Two considers some entailments of this intersubjective relationality in practice. Resume Comme suite a la definition deExpand
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Structural work
The structural-cum-symbolic amplification of minor differences: how small-scale, interpersonal or factional disputes are turned into large-scale struggles between nations, kingdoms or their totalizedExpand
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The Western Illusion Of Human Nature
(Preface: Over the past decade or two, courses on “Western Civilization” have been taking a smaller and smaller role in the curricula of American colleges. Here I attempt to accelerate the trend byExpand
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