The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about.
Most anthropologists are doing straightforward ethnography, and should.
I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false.
I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.
Anthropology never has had a distinct subject matter, and because it doesn't have a real method, there's a great deal of anxiety over what it is.
My instincts are always against people who want to fasten some sort of hegemony onto things.
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.
The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.
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.
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