Why do we read the classics?

  title={Why do we read the classics?},
  author={Giovanni da Col and C. Sopranzetti and F. Myers and Anastasia Piliavsky and J. L. Jackson and Y. Bonilla and Adia Benton and P. Stoller},
  journal={Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  pages={1 - 38}
Debates on the epistemological, ethical, and historical constitution of the anthropological corpus are one of the reasons why anthropology has always thrived. Whether in terms of the complex relation between the production of anthropological knowledge and the political systems in which it takes place, or the proliferation of the language of “mutual constitution” as a way to bypass questions of causality, the question of the “suffering” vs. the “good,” the attribution of “colonial” or “white… Expand
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