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Unformatted text preview: Christopher DiMaria Reading Report 2 Intro to Cult Anthro Prof. Silva Writing Against Culture In this article Lila Abu-Luhod outlines her strong opposition to the word culture when used in anthropology. She initializes her argument by stating that anthropology is (and was in her time more than now) a strictly Western academic discipline which relied on observance of the Other, the non-Western societies. This creates a distinct division between them and promotes hierarchy with Western privilege on top of more isolated Other cultures which are then viewed as a lab sample, without any history nor the ability to change. Lila suggests that academia abandon the concept of culture despite its political advantages. She sees culture as an injustice to the people anthropologists study, and assimilates it to the idea of racism. Her solution is three-fold: First she wants to dissolve the social use of culture in theoretical discussion by using practice and discourse to individualize and define...
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ANT 101 taught by Professor Silva during the Spring '08 term at Skidmore.
- Spring '08