Chapter

Coming to Our Senses: Anthropology and Genocide

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

in Annihilating Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230286
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230286.003.0014
Coming to Our Senses: Anthropology and Genocide

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This chapter considers several issues on the anthropological insights taken from a study of structural dynamics. It shows that anthropologists have been influenced to overlook the forms of political terror and “everyday violence” that often affects the peoples whom they study. It analyzes the relationship of Alfred Kroeber and Ishi, the “last California aborigine”, in order to show how anthropologists also took an active role in preserving and recording the cultural life of indigenous peoples. This chapter also emphasizes that anthropologists should directly confront the question of what makes genocide possible.

Keywords: anthropological insights; structural dynamics; political terror; everyday violence; Alfred Kroeber; cultural life; indigenous peoples; genocide

Chapter.  16875 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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