Anthropology | SEM:ROLE OF HISTORY IN THE PRODUCTION OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
A400 | 0386 | Peebles
For a variety of reasons, at least until recently, most anthropologists have
not used historical methods and metaphors in their research and writing. We
will explore some of the reasons why history and historiography were shunned
by ethnologists and archaeologists alike. In doing so we shall take our
prescriptive and critical theme from the work of Nicholas Thomas:
"...historical processes and their effects are internal to social systems
and that attempts to analyze societies without reference to history are
likely to embody both theoretical errors and substantive misinterpretations"
(Thomas, Out of Time: History and Evolution in Anthropological Discourse,
Second Edition. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI. 1989. p. 9).