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Culture, Economy, Power: Anthropology As Critique, by Winnie Lem, Belinda Leach

By Winnie Lem, Belinda Leach

Confronts significant questions dealing with anthropology, Marxist thought, cultural stories, feminism, and background.

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3 In these states, relationships with First Nations never was, or in the United States no longer is, a central political problem, at least not compared to relationships with external former colonies or contemporary neocolonies. Moreover, Canada’s relatively late industrial expansion into its hinterlands involved more explicit state planning and direction than in, for example, the United States. The negotiations that these more corporatist 30 Thomas Dunk arrangements have involved have been a major source of employment for anthropologists in Canada.

Citations in Anglophone books or journals get more points in the evaluation of research productivity). It generally increases his/her power in gaining access to scarce funding resources. Internationally the image is that those who get cited and references are the “best” anthropologists around and that they fully represent the work that Spanish anthropologists are doing. This is often an inaccurate image, which fails to take into account the very signficant factors of the political history of Spain.

Third, I will address the question of why some anthropologically innovative work advanced by Spanish anthropologists, who, again, work within the framework of political economy, has been ignored by Anglophone Europeanist anthropologists who claim a similar theoretical orientation. Moreover, the consequences of this situation will be explored. I will look therefore at the relation between American anthropologists doing political economy analyses of Spain and their local Spanish colleagues. My point in examining these questions is to stress that the combination of bypassing and treating as irrelevant local colleagues and of choosing particular anthropologists as “representing” Spanish anthropology as a whole has important political and economic consequences both in and out of Spain.

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