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I deliberately choice the word 'society', because 'tribe' is an artifact --a pejorative one at that--of western European ethnographic 'disciplines' dedicated to study of so-called primitive people and their customs viz. hagiography of colonial rule in perpetual progress toward perfection of itself.

Vinay Lal, among many other critics of western European historicism beside Foucault, has commented on such language, invented to displace humanity and 'civilization' and political sophistication of any sort in 'the other'.

One humorous, memorable quote in his survey of British India encapsulates the problem for anyone struggling to discard the yoke of the, one, 'progressive' value system:

What's the difference between anthropology and sociology? Sociology is when you study your own people.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 18th, 2018 at 07:44:39 PM EST
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This course is good to follow:

by das monde on Thu Dec 20th, 2018 at 03:27:39 PM EST
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entertaining 100-level to "chaos and complexity", rung several of my favorite pivots here on Anglo-merican psychopathy --the search for mitigating circumstances in capital punishment, for instance, the dread B.F. Skinner, western mind-body dichotomies, stereotype ("category thinking'), Nash equilibrium, human "speciation," etc. and, most surprising, reference to labial-velar consonant "evolution", e.g. b<->p.

That I learned about by reading Bernal, vol. II-III, lengthy application of historical linguistics to documentary artifacts of afro-asiatic languages. d<->t is common; a<->o vowels, too, (I forget the terminology  off-hand) introduced a few dramatic lexical errors and transliterations in cognates, e.g. psyche.

< sigh >

return of "interdisciplinary study" in the '80s, "unlearning" a crazy-ass canon of besserwissen: "animals behave to maximize the number of gene copies for the future generation" is not "group selection."

Like I said, neologism is rife.
 

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 21st, 2018 at 01:00:45 AM EST
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