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A friend of mine did a movie on Nepal, but she kept herself out of the film because the other ones in the series where the anthropologists tried to get themselves in the picture were awkward and silly.
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A good deal of what people in the social sciences do just drops through the cracks because it's a third culture.
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A lot of books that have been influential don't meet the usual stereotypes of why we believe them. They're not very factual.
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American society has been particularly homogeneous, certainly in the educational class side of things. There was the WASP ascendancy, but that's gone for good.
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Anthropological writing is not a vast field.
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Anthropology in general has always been fairly hospitable to female scholars, and even to feminist scholars.
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Anthropology never has had a distinct subject matter, and because it doesn't have a real method, there's a great deal of anxiety over what it is.
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As far as anthropology or social science in general was concerned, even the stuff that did exist, like Burke and the beginnings of what later became deconstruction, had no effect.
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Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance.
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Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has. Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias have been quite important, and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue.
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How many Spanish speakers are there now in the nation? There's no sense in making believe that such diversity isn't what we're faced with.
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I agree with Chomsky in almost nothing. When it comes to innate structures and so on, I'm very skeptical.
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I am a late modernist under pressure.
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I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded. People are very aware of gender concerns now.
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I don't feel that an atmosphere of debate and total disagreement and argument is such a bad thing. It makes for a vital and alive field.
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I don't find in the people I teach, when I do teach at Princeton, that they can't read anymore; they do.
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I don't have the notion that everybody has to write in some single academic style.
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I don't see myself as being ahead of the world in this but as mediating to anthropology or the social sciences.
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I don't think there is a field or a movement called social constructionism that I belong to, but I'm sympathetic to that notion.
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I don't think things are moving toward an omega point; I think they're moving toward more diversity.
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I don't write drafts. I write from the beginning to the end, and when it's finished, it's done.
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I got interested in values, ideas, and so on. That was the first time I had thought seriously about being an anthropologist.
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I guess I'm aging, but if I look at 40 years of it, I think things are better. From where I stand, things look better.
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I had a hard time convincing students that they were going to North Africa to understand the North Africans, not to understand themselves.
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I have always argued for the pluralistic approach to things rather than solidification into some particular line of work.
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I have an outline, but I hardly pay attention to it.
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I live in a university environment, and there are many, many more women present. That's not to say that equity has occurred, just that it has compared to what it was.
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I never had any undergraduate training at all in anthropology and very little social science outside of economics.
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I never leave a sentence or a paragraph until I'm satisfied with it.
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I put writing aside because I had to learn what anthropology was all about and do research and get a union card as a working anthropologist.
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I shifted to philosophy, partly because of the influence of a terrific teacher and partly because in a small college you can run out of courses.
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I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.
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I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing his writing as an anthropologist.
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I think the American university system still seems to be the best system in the world.
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I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false.
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I think we ought to break down these large-scale distinctions between the humanities and social sciences. Certainly, there is a difference between doing literary criticism and doing chemistry.
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I think we're gaining on the bastards. I don't think that things are really so frustrating.
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I think what's known about neurology is still scattered and uncertain.
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I usually write about a paragraph a day, but at least it's essentially finished when it's done.
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I want to dodge the issue, mostly because I just don't know the answer.
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I wanted to be a novelist and a newspaper man. As an undergraduate, I had the notion that one could work on a newspaper and write novels in the evening.
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I was trained in the '50s as a New Critic. I remember what literature was like before the New Critics, when people stood up and talked about Shelley's soul and such things.
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I went to Antioch College and majored in English, at least in the beginning, with the intention of doing something like that.
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I would not advise that other people write this way. I know people who can write a first draft and not care whether it's idiotic.
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I write very slowly. That may seem odd, because I've written a lot, but I've had a lot of time to write.
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I'm all in favor of trying to see how people put language together-how they write, how they talk, in order to enable them to participate in literate culture.
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I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.
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I'm in a somewhat unrepresentative part of academia; it looks better here than if I were teaching in the Bronx.
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I'm interested in trying to think about those things in a cultural anthropological way.
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I'm not mindless. It's a continual fight to keep things going.
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I'm probably a closet rhetorician, although I'm coming out of the closet a bit.
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I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science, and it's about social constructionism. So I would say I'm a social constructionist, whatever that means.
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I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature, but anthropology is also field research. Writing is central to it.
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I've only used the computer for a year or so. I write by hand. I just type text in to the computer so I can print it out and read it.
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I've written a lot of books which are written from the moon - the view from nowhere.
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If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information. Language or writing is a code.
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If I write about the Balinese cockfight, who knows what's what? The reader is just left with the text.
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If there's ever a place where you can't argue that you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit, it is surely in anthropology.
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If you look in anthropology, the diversity of kinds of texts that have been persuasive militates against any simple conclusion.
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If you read a book on Java or some other place, you either take it or leave it. You don't know anything about the place.
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If you really want to study the brain, you need to study the brain and not project your theories into it in a deductive way.
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In part I'm represented in my texts by my style, that at least people won't think my books were written by anybody else.
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It's always amusing to look at how something early in the 20th century was written in anthropology and how it's written now. There's been an enormous shift in how it's done, but yet you can't put your finger on someone who actually did it.
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It's hard for me to believe that rhetoric and composition has arrived at such a state of paradigm consolidation that it would know which way to go with some certainty.
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Leach's Highland Burma book, which I do think is very good, doesn't have much in the way of facts in it. Why do we believe Leach?
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Like most people, I hate to adopt labels, but the whole business about the social construction of meaning seems to me to be right.
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Meaning is socially, historically, and rhetorically constructed.
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Most anthropologists are doing straightforward ethnography, and should.
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Most of these things we won't know how to do until we work with them.
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My instincts are always against people who want to fasten some sort of hegemony onto things.
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Now we've got all kinds of people, and we have to develop a new way of educating them.
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One has to be somewhat critical and not just do any silly thing.
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People keep asking how anthropology is different from sociology, and everybody gets nervous.
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People take photographs with their own shadow in them; that doesn't seem to me to be a particularly marvelous solution.
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Practitioner criticism isn't always the best sort of thing. Anthropologists have certain commitments to what they're doing, and they have certain distortions.
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Readers just don't feel the writer really understands what the X indians or the Y natives are all about, and they feel, therefore, that the text is fiction.
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Schools in general are being asked to do an enormous number of things they never had to do, with a much more complex population than they ever had to do it with.
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The North African mule talks always of his mother's brother, the horse, but never of his father, the donkey, in favor of others supposedly more reputable.
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The older ones somehow yearn for a lost paradise when everyone knew what they were doing.
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The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
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The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about.
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There's a sense that somehow we don't have an identity.
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Two people have been really liberating in my mind; one is Wittgenstein and the other is Burke. I read Burke before he was a secular saint, before everyone was reading him.
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We can't go back to what we were. I don't know which way to move entirely, either.
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We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology. There isn't a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard.
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We're getting closer to our nature.
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When I first came here 20 years ago, there was only one woman professor at Princeton. Now there's a critical mass.
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When I first started this kind of work, I really did feel peripheral and marginal, or discriminated against. Now there are a lot of us around.
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You do two years in Java in which all you do is live with the people, write down everything, and try to figure out what the hell is going on; then you come back and write.
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You're trying to convey a sense of what things are like, and you want to use language itself as a mode of construction.
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Younger anthropologists have the notion that anthropology is too diverse. The number of things done under the name of anthropology is just infinite; you can do anything and call it anthropology.
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