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The countries where this was greater were Germany and Norway, but it was also significant in the 1980s France. Includes extensive footage of elephants, giraffes and lions. It sustained anthropology’s defense of cultural relativism from Boas to Mead to Geertz’s magisterial lecture on “Anti Anti-relativism” (1984)–one of his best pieces precisely because he does not hide the stakes for anthropologists and for non-anthropologists. Anthropology asks the unaskable, challenges the unchallengable, and moves us closer to reaching the root of the question, “Who and what are humans?” Where other disciplines might declare the answer to this, anthropology takes those answers and asks, “is this true in all times and places?” But we can’t all just spend our lives on the big questions.

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Publisher: University of Chicago Press (July 1, 2010)


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