Re: Anthro's most important contribution to society

Tue, 11 Apr 1995 08:25:08 EDT

On Tue, 11 Apr 1995 02:10:47 -0400 (EDT) "Michelle B. Golden" wrote:

Wasn't it anthro that came up with the the unilinear models in the first
place (eg Spencer, Tylor, et al)?
What does *that* mean? (not that it erases Eric's point, but I just
thought I'd bring it up anyway).


On Mon, 10 Apr 1995, Eric Arnould wrote:

> My answer would be cultural relativism as against unilinear models of
> the evolution of civilization. I realize this is pretty old hat, but
> seems ever more relevant in the post-cold war period. Not only is it
> relevant from a policy perspective, but so useful in critiquing
> blinkered universalisms in both basic and applied fields of study
> such as economics and marketing, respectively, for example.
> cheers, eja
This of course, is a good point, Michelle, but I think I like the
relativist corrective better than the unilinear position. Cheers, eja