Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back (California Series in Public Anthropology) pdf epub fb2

Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back (California Series in Public Anthropology) by Catherine Besteman, Hugh Gusterson pdf epub fb2

Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back (California Series in Public Anthropology) Author: Catherine Besteman, Hugh Gusterson
Title: Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back (California Series in Public Anthropology)
ISBN: 0520243560
ISBN13: 978-0520243569
Other Formats: lit lrf docx lrf
Pages: 282 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (January 17, 2005)
Language: English
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Size PDF version: 1327 kb
Size EPUB version: 1734 kb
Subcategory: Social Sciences




In this fresh, literate, and biting critique of current thinking on some of today's most important and controversial topics, leading anthropologists take on some of America's top pundits. This absorbing collection of essays subjects such popular commentators as Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan, and Dinesh D'Souza to cold, hard scrutiny and finds that their writing is often misleadingly simplistic, culturally ill-informed, and politically dangerous. Mixing critical reflection with insights from their own fieldwork, twelve distinguished anthropologists respond by offering fresh perspectives on globalization, ethnic violence, social justice, and the biological roots of behavior. They take on such topics as the collapse of Yugoslavia, the consumer practices of the American poor, American foreign policy in the Balkans, and contemporary debates over race, welfare, and violence against women. In the clear, vigorous prose of the pundits themselves, these contributors reveal the hollowness of what often passes as prevailing wisdom and passionately demonstrate the need for a humanistically complex and democratic understanding of the contemporary world.Available: November 2004Pub Date: January 2005