Purity and Danger

Questions: Douglas claims that the book is “a late blow struck in the battle which anthropology in the 1940s and 1950s was fighting against racism.” What characterized this “battle,” and was it within or without the field itself? Why this time period? Are all anthropologists social constructionists, or have we just been reading a lot … More Purity and Danger


Foundation of post-colonial studies; methodology is post-structuralist. Discussion Questions: Let’s start where we left off last week — would you say that what Said has written is a cultural history? What sorts of sources does he use to get at the culture of Orientalism, and how does he link the culture to the psychological, ideological, … More Orientalism