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2008-08-12 03:00:26

By Fitch, Nancy-Elizabeth Vernon J. Williams, Jr., The Social Sciences and Theories of Race. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006. Pp. 151. Cloth $50.00. Paper $20.00. The Social Sciences and Theories of Race is a small, provocative, and thought-provoking collection of essays by Vernon J. Williams Jr., a professor at Indiana University. It is a mixture of genres, including history of ideas, African American and U.S. intellectual history, biography, and historiography....

2008-07-10 06:00:16

By Gonzalez, Roberto J David H. Price, Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. 352 pp. Approximately half of all anthropologists in the United States contributed their expertise to the World War II effort. This timely book explores the wide range of roles they played through dozens of accounts profiling their work. The book's methodology is innovative and eclectic. It relies upon an...

2007-10-04 06:00:12

By Johnson, Thomas H An undergraduate anthropology student came to me with an assigned reading in a philosophy course at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. The student was confused. What he was learning in his philosophy class challenged what he had learned about cultural relativism as a core concept in anthropology and he was surprised to find it examined negatively by a philosopher. The article in his Ethics textbook was "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism" by philosopher James...

2007-10-04 06:00:11

By Ulin, Robert C Cultural relativism is among the most misunderstood yet socially charged concepts associated with anthropology today. While most American cultural anthropologists have utilized cultural relativism as a pedagogical and sometimes political medium to challenge ethnocentric western views and cultural practices and to promote an appreciation of cultural diversity, ethicists, philosophers and the general public have all too often embraced a view of cultural relativism that...


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