Gellner's Obituary

Sat, 11 Nov 1995 12:40:25 -0600

Thanks to Elizabeth Vance for mentioning the passing of Gellner. His influence
seems quite mild in the USA but in Europe, his name and work on the ethnic
and cultural dimensions of modern nationalism is better known. I think of
him as one who injected much needed relevance to anthropology in recent
decades and who gives valuable insights into using anthropological methods
to study cultural processes in modern nation states where many American
anthros are somewhat reluctant to tred. A similar obit appeared in yesterday's
NY Times