Re: Boas et al & New Right

Iain Davidson (idavidso@METZ.UNE.EDU.AU)
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 11:23:11 +1100

>This week's *Nation* (April 8) has an excellent article by Micaela di
>Leonardo: "Patterns of Culture Wars; The Right's Attack on 'Cultural
>Relativism' as Synecdoche for all that ails us" (pp 25-29). Oddly, Freeman vs.
>Mead has popped up as a thread on SKEPTICS-L in re: a new stage play about how
>the AAA persecuted Freeman for criticizing relativism..... (The latter a new
>play --no author or title given-- in Australia which someone from Oz was
>asking for comment on. )

The play is by David Williamson, one of Australia's most successful
playwrights, and is called Heretic. It opens in sydney this week, I
believe (why don't you all come and see it?) The press here has given it
good coverage, and it appears that Freeman has been closely involved in
workshopping it.

I get the impression , too, that in addition to comments on the
A(presumably -merican) AA, there is a discussio about how Mead was given
wrong information by her informants and used it without knowing it was
wrong. That may be rather an important issue in anthropology.

Iain Davidson
Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology
University of New England
Armidale, NSW 2351
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