Thomas McCormack (TOMITS@AOL.COM)
Fri, 3 Mar 1995 14:48:57 -0500

the academy's (as represented by this list) reaction to him. If an
anthropologist was present in that marketplace when Mr. Johnson appeared and
commenced his activities, I imagine that anthropologist would be scrambling
for his recording device in great haste to make note of the events. I
further imagine that thereafter, there would be an attempt at analysis and
When informants were queried about their reactions, it occurs to me that
their accounts of the occurence would not reveal as much about Mr. Johnson as
they would about those being queried.
My question is really this. As these threads continue, do the responses
to Mr. Johnson reveal more about Mr. Johnson or more about the person making
the response? And in the same vein, when you finish a text such as Outline
of a Theory of Practice, does it reveal more about certain indigenous marital
practices or about the current state of the Western episteme and the
anthropological academy?
Thomas McCormack