anthro-l as synthesis

Jamon A Halvaksz (halv0111@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Wed, 1 May 1996 10:18:53 -0500

I have been lurking around this imagined community, watching a
conversation unfold that not only speaks of synethesis, but also suggests
its reality. Is not the fact that this list conversation occurs
(bringing together a diversity of voices, perspectives, positions)
a representation of synthesis? Synthesis?- an imagined construct, the
ideal, the aspirations of a few, and the many who debate its relavence.
As a synthesizing myth it does exist, it becomes part of our experience,
debate, and the negotiation of our disciplines. To have a synthesis, must we
find a way to combine the divergent trajectories of institutionalized
differences? To have a disciplinary trajectory- must we combine our
individual interests into one? Certainly not. But as a previous
participant voiced (please excuse the lack of reference) it is about
communication of our ideas and ideals- science, humanity, power,
knowldege, discourse, agency, language,biology, structure, method,
culture... and the list(s) go(es) on as the conversation

Jamon Halvaksz
Department of Anthropology
University of Minnesota