|[a] Not Just "Tradition" RF|
In highlighting these various figures, I hope to mess a bit with the all-too-tidy history of anthropology that the discipline has constructed for itself. It is downright shameful, from my perspective, that anthropology has all but ignored as "literary" or "political" some of the trends we have seen from nineteenth and early-twentieth century writers. I don't mean to say that anthropologists don't think about these things (far from it; they are pretty sharp people, on the whole). It is, on the other hand, easy to see that (for various reasons) figures such as Fukuzawa Yukichi (surname first) aren't given much time when we talk about the way anthropological thought has developed. Perhaps that is because we have been obsessed by gradations and distinctions in theoretical realms, and have not spent quite enough time really thinking about something (seemingly) more mundane—fascination with otherness. Again, don't get me wrong. Anthropologists have spilled quite a bit of ink on the subject. I find it startling, however, that most of the histories of the discipline give rather brief (and often dismissive) portrayals of thought Before Malinowski (BM). I will save the grand argument for later. It is a narrative of how we get from Montesquieu to Bourdieu (MB?), with the whole world along for the trip. For now, I just want to give a few snippets of otherness for us to think about.
Oh, yes. He is on the 10,000 yen note.
|[b] 10K RF|