Re: decolonising anthropology

Professor Robert Thornton (031RTHOR@MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA)
Wed, 8 Feb 1995 10:34:14 -0500

Robert Johnson prescription of more bloody violence as a means of
'purchasing justice' for South Africa clearly shows that he is a
couple of bricks short of a full load.
Violence only purchases violence, and who can purchase Justice for
any price? Violence is no solution, it is the problem, certainly in
Robert Johnson's pompous and gnomic remarks to this effect lead me to
dismiss him entirely, except I know from long experience in this
contient, among others, how dangerous such beliefs are. I would
suggest Mr. Johnson read the old novel _The Ugly AMerican_ for some
perspective on his own position, and any novels by Graham Greene.
Beyond that, there is clearly little point to debating

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