Re: Anthropology's Contribution

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 13 Apr 1995 12:56:36 -0400

practices are not universally accepted as the norm," yet we have on this
list, anyway, a minority that pushes hard to have us accept the "beliefs,
values," etc.of the so-called "norm." But fortunately this minority is
not as successful (I hope) as they would like to be. Greetings to the
Yukon, a great place. Ruby Rohrlich

On Wed, 12 Apr 1995, Doug Rutherford wrote:

> I guess the easiest answer to this is the general concept that we
> (individually speaking) are not the majority. Our beliefs, values,
> cultural practices are not universally accepted as the norm.
> Other people have their own differing ontologies, values, etc. which
> have equal validity with the ones that we, as individual anthropologists,
> try to filter out of our own interpretations of our data.
> It's interesting how this is viewed as a common thread in current
> anthropological practice. It's unfortunate that it is not as commonly
> accepted as it could be (sigh).
> Douglas E. Rutherford
> Yukon College, Academic Studies/Professional Studeies
> Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Telephone (403) 668-8809