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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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Reinventing Anthropology in the Seventies

Reinventing Anthropology in the Seventies

(p.41) 2 Reinventing Anthropology in the Seventies
Laura Nader

Laura Nader

Cornell University Press

This chapter talks about Dell Hymes, who put together a book of collected essays called Reinventing Anthropology at the invitation of Pantheon Books' “anti-text” series. It describes Reinventing Anthropology as a volume about racism, ecology, community and disciplinary censorship, which was not universally well received as noted by the Chicago anthropologist Fred Eggan. It also looks at the letter that was written in response to a query to the Columbia University sociologist Robert Merton about Thorstein Veblen and his use of the concept of trained incapacity. The chapter questions the role of sociology in understanding the way in which white-collar crime escaped the national crime index. It mentions the sociologist James Short, who wrote and document the paradigms used that allowed corporate criminals to escape crime statistics.

Keywords:   Dell Hymes, racism, Robert Merton, disciplinary censorship, Fred Eggan, white-collar crime, Robert Merton, James Short, letters, 1970s

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