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Laura Nader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752247

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752247.001.0001

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Getting Started in the Sixties

Getting Started in the Sixties

(p.7) 1 Getting Started in the Sixties
(p.iii) Laura Nader

Laura Nader

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at letters that reflect the 1960s as a decade of concurrent movements, such as civil rights, Vietnam War protests, Native American and women's movements, consumer movements, and environmental movements. It focuses on the letter of E. R. Leach, who brought the concept of power into the ethnographic picture of highland Burma. It also refers to Leach's awareness of tensions between generations and of class variants and their impact on the sociology of knowledge. The chapter recounts the author's work with Shia Muslims in South Lebanon in the summer of 1961 to learn about dispute settlement in villages and examined whether it was secular or religious. It mentions exchanges of letters with Professor G. E. von Grunebaum from UCLA, who awarded the author a grant to go to Lebanon.

Keywords:   1960s, sociology of knowledge, Shia Muslims, South Lebanon, consumer movements, E. R. Leach, letter exchange, dispute settlement

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