Re: Decolonizing Anthropology

Alx V. Dark (avd5863@IS.NYU.EDU)
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 17:38:10 -0500

On Thu, 2 Feb 1995, Cliff Sloane wrote:

> I really don't know why people are even taking Mr. Johnson's provocations
> seriously. The effort to "decolonize" anthropology has been going on for
> a long time, some would argue since Boas.
> My sympathies go to a white man like Mr. Johnson who feels such painful
> levels of guilt that he contributes agonizing confessionals for all to
> see.

The very fact that people respond in a sometimes defensive way to
Johnson's "agonizing confessionals" (I would say they're a little too
terse to be agonizing or confessional) is a good indication that since
Boas, anthropologists have partly failed at "decolonizing." Although
broad, his ideas are sensible.

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