In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization

1st Edition

Stanley Diamond

Routledge
Published May 18, 2017
Reference - 284 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780878555826 - CAT# Y332445
Series: Routledge Classic Texts in Anthropology

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Summary

Anthropology is a kind of debate between human possibilities—a dialectical movement between the anthropologist as a modern man and the primitive peoples he studies. In Search of the Primitive is a tough-minded book containing chapters ranging from encounters in the field to essays on the nature of law, schizophrenia and civilization, and the evolution of the work of Claude Lévi-Strauss. Above all it is reflective and self-critical, critical of the discipline of anthropology and of the civilization that produced that discipline. Diamond views the anthropologist who refuses to become a searching critic of his own civilizations as not merely irresponsible, but a tool of Western civilization. He rejects the associations which have been made in the ideology of our civilization, consciously or unconsciously, between Western dominance and progress, imperialism and evolution, evolution and progress.

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