Re: anyone heard of the Snacirema ?

Tom Johnston-Oneill (
Mon, 27 Feb 1995 04:19:38 GMT

janis silva ( wrote:

: Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, Horace Miner, American Anthropologist
: June 1956.

: Enjoy.
: Janis

If memory serves Renato Resaldo has suggested that a more appropriate
response to this article should be anger (though perhaps not at Miner) as it
illustrates how de-humanizing anthropological description and analysis can
be. Rosaldo certainly has a good point but the self-mocking of American
bathroom rituals (the "traditional" reading) is quite humorous and
usefully de-centering.