Re: Decolonizing Anthropology

Robert Johnson (johnsorl@COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 6 Feb 1995 18:12:05 -0700

On Mon, 6 Feb 1995 wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Feb 1995, Robert Johnson wrote:
> > Proposal #9
> >
> > Anthropology and archaeology must end endeavors in countries which
> > have policies of systematic murder against their indigenous peoples.
> >
> > Proposal #10
> >
> > Anthropology must aid those who rise against their cultural genocide.
> Forgive me for being cold-hearted, but why is this true? Anthropology and
> archaeology should not have any reason to become involved in the politics
> of the country in which endeavours take place. Anthropology and archaeology
> must not help the countries systematically murder indigenous people but
> to say that all endeavours must end in countries where this happens is
> going to far. If anthropology and archaeology were giving something to the
> country where these systematic murders are taking place it would be a
> different matter but in this case they are not, what is found out is given
> to the world in general and thus the policies of one individual country
> should not stop us finding out information which will be given to the
> entire world.
> As for the proposal that says that anthropology (and perhaps archaeology)
> must aid those who rise above their cultural genocide, how could this be
> done? In my opinion anthropology and archaeology must be seen as
> scientific areas that should not get involved in the politics of the
> country.
> Darren Worthy