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Constructing Knowledge: Authority and Critique in Social Science [Hardcover]

Lorraine Nencel , Peter Pels


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September 1991 0803984014 978-0803984011
The book explores the crisis in anthropology, brought on by the sustained attacks on its long held postulates. Amongst the topics discussed are: the legitimacy of constructing knowledge about others; Western ethnocentrism inherent in concepts such as culture; construction of concepts such as "self" and "other" serving to strengthen rather than reduce racial and gender inequality; postmodern "doubt" with its emphasis on relativity of knowledge which can undermine the whole edifice of "scientific" anthropology; whether a reflexive self-critique can be sustained as an alternative to paralysis of the discipline. This text may be of interest to those involved in the practice of social science research.

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