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This, together with the view that language is the locus of rationality and the embodiment of thought, leads to the view that the primary objective of the sciences of man is to interpret the language of a community under study so as to attribute beliefs and desires to its members on the basis of what they say, and so give some explanation of their behavior. The primary integrating mechanism is kinship ties. Anthropologists and clinicians share a common belief—i.e., the primacy of experience [ 29–33 ].

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