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By Dustin M. Wax

ISBN-10: 0745325866

ISBN-13: 9780745325866

This e-book breaks new floor within the heritage of anthropology, commencing up an specific exam of anthropology within the chilly warfare period. With ancient distance, chilly battle anthropology has all started to become a unique box in the self-discipline. This publication brings a few various ways to endure at the questions raised through anthropology's chilly battle heritage. The members exhibit how anthropologists turned either instruments and sufferers of the chilly struggle nation through the upward thrust of the us within the post-War interval. studying the intersection among technology and tool, this e-book is a compelling learn for anthropologists, historians, sociologists, and someone attracted to the way colonial and neo-colonial wisdom is produced and constructed.

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I know of no evidence of Montagu’s mistreating students and, in fact, interviews and letters from some former students suggest otherwise. These multiple narratives may help illuminate a complex mix of causality in his expulsion from the university. Montagu represented his departure from Rutgers retrospectively as his choice. The FBI file and administrative correspondence tell a different tale, and what we might call the collective memory of the succeeding Rutgers establishment adds a third narrative, Rashomon-style.

The document makes clear that it was not only Montagu’s participation in a variety of liberal causes, such as civil rights, that concerned the Bureau, but, significantly, the very nature of his ideas about human nature. A 1950 entry in the file simply quotes a passage from one of Montagu’s books as evidence of “communist tendencies”: “A profit-motive, economic-struggle-for-existence society is a predatory society, and class-and-caste society, a divisive society, in which each person is an isolate preying upon and preyed upon by others” (Montagu FBI File).

The “Cardboard Darwinism” (Gould 1986) that germinated at Rutgers and other American universities during the Cold War is still a very influential trend in a number of disciplines, particularly in departments of biological anthropology and psychology. But there is increasing resistance to the reductionism of sociobiology within evolutionary anthropology. A number of evolutionary anthropologists are working to build a new biocultural synthesis, one which Wax 01 intro 31 21/11/07 16:26:12 free book 32 Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War studies the intersections of human biology and culture with the political-economic realities of human populations on a global scale (Goodman and Leatherman 1998).

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