All Tomorrow's Cultures: Anthropological Engagements with by Samuel Gerald Collins

By Samuel Gerald Collins

• How do we reside sooner or later?
• Are we relocating in the direction of worldwide homogeneity?
• Will the area succumb to the worldwide unfold of speedy meals and Hollywood videos?
• Or are there different chances?

In this booklet, Samuel Collins argues not just for the significance of the way forward for tradition, but additionally stresses its centrality in anthropological proposal over the past century. starting with 19th-century anthropology and carrying on with this present day within the paintings of anthropologies of emergent sciences, anthropologists haven't purely used their wisdom of current cultural configurations to invest on destiny tradition yet have extensively utilized their assumptions in regards to the way forward for tradition to appreciate the current.

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And her encounters with people became highly choreographed affairs meticulously arranged through her support staff back at the Museum; appointments were made months in advance, and she was a consummate multitasker before the term took on its current, clichéd weight: Margaret Mead Answers 39 The thing she was still most afraid of in the world, Mead said at the AAAS party, was being bored. She had long ago determined to take charge of every hour of her life: “Empty time stretches forever. ” Rather than ride alone in a cab to La Guardia Airport, she was driven by her student Mary Elder, who brought along a videotape machine Mead could hold in her lap to see the work Elder had been doing with midwifery.

The theory of infinite universes? And as with the anthropologists that preceded Boas, progress stumbles against anachronistic customs, threatening to suck the advances of science down a time vortex: “It is, however, worth noting that notwithstanding the decided breakdown of belief in tradition, strong traditions persist” (Boas 2004: 79), including racism and nationalism, vestiges of the past that the Boasians hoped would disappear in a more progressive age. It follows that the “instinctive” race antipathy can be broken down, if we succeed in creating among young children social groups that are not divided according to principles of race and which have principles of cohesion that weld the group into a whole.

Even more than Ruth Benedict and other Boasians, Margaret Mead retained an interest in E. B. Tylor’s brand of cultural evolutionism; running like a subterranean river through her long, scholarly career, it is this evolutionism that provides the impetus for engineering culture change. From her very first published works (Coming of Age in Samoa), Mead reveals a desire to use ethnological data in order to inform engineered culture change in the West, famously recommending that parents in the US relax their sexual prudery in order to ease the pubescence of their children (di Leonardo 1998).

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