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Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong : Anthropologists Talk Back.

Author: C Besteman
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this fresh, literate, and biting critique of current thinking on some of today's most important and controversial topics, leading anthropologists take on some of America's top pundits. This absorbing collection of essays subjects such popular commentators as Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan, and Dinesh D'Souza to cold, hard scrutiny and finds that their writing is often misleadingly simplistic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C Besteman
ISBN: 9780520938489 0520938488
OCLC Number: 475933958
Description: 1 online resource (292 pages)
Contents: Contents; 1. Introduction; 2. The Seven Deadly Sins of Samuel Huntington; 3. Samuel Huntington, Meet the Nuer: Kinship, Local Knowledge, and the Clash of Civilizations; 4. Haunted by the Imaginations of the Past: Robert Kaplan's Balkans Ghosts; 5. Why I Disagree with Robert Kaplan; 6. Globalization and Thomas Friedman; 7. On The Lexus and the Olive Tree, by Thomas L. Friedman; 8. Extrastate Globalization of the Illicit; 9. Class Politics and Scavenger Anthropology in Dinesh D'Souza's Virtue of Prosperity.

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In this fresh, literate, and biting critique of current thinking on some of today's most important and controversial topics, leading anthropologists take on some of America's top pundits. This absorbing collection of essays subjects such popular commentators as Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan, and Dinesh D'Souza to cold, hard scrutiny and finds that their writing is often misleadingly simplistic, culturally ill-informed, and politically dangerous. Mixing critical reflection with insights from their own fieldwork, twelve distinguished anthropologists respond by offering fresh.

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