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Local Knowledge, Local History: Geertz and Beyond

Aletta Bieirsack

in The New Cultural History

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520064287
eISBN:
9780520908925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520064287.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter presents an account of Clifford Geertz and his “interpretation of cultures.” It turns to Marshall Sahlins and his Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities. It also suggests that a ... More


The Challenge of Explanation

Patrick Vinton Kirch

in How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawai'i

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267251
eISBN:
9780520947849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267251.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter presents an explanatory model of cultural change in Hawai'i. It also argues that any compelling theory of change must attend to both ultimate and proximate causations, to long-term ... More


Homo economicus: A Maale mystery

Donald L. Donham

in History, Power, Ideology: Central Issues in Marxism and Anthropology

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520213371
eISBN:
9780520920798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213371.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

In the 1960s, a grand argument arose in anthropology. Formalists, as they became known, maintained that neoclassical economics could be used to analyze any economy. So-called substantivists countered ... More


Making History: Sahlins’s Islands

François Hartog

in Regimes of Historicity: Presentism and Experiences of Time

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163767
eISBN:
9780231538763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163767.003.0002
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter presents an exercise in “viewing from afar” through the work of anthropologist Marshall Sahlins. Sahlins developed his historical anthropology based on the ethnographic, historical, and ... More


The Distant Past

Robert Heilbroner

in Visions of the Future: The Distant Past, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102864
eISBN:
9780199854974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102864.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This chapter conveys a sense of the historical immediacy of the Distant Past, not only to give substance to what has until now been only an appeal to our intuitive understandings, but because there ... More


Propositions II: Approaches to Reciprocity

Marcel Hénaff

in The Philosophers' Gift: Reexamining Reciprocity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780823286478
eISBN:
9780823288922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823286478.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter looks at different approaches to the subject of reciprocity. Whereas many philosophers tend to understand reciprocity as a form of equivalence and a return to the self, many theorists in ... More


Two Kinds of Sociality

Robert A. Paul

in Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226240725
eISBN:
9780226241050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226241050.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Richerson and Boyd propose that humans evolved two different kinds of social instinct, one that obeys the Darwinian agenda of inclusive genetic reproductive fitness and favors close biological ... More


Regimes of Historicity: Presentism and Experiences of Time

François Hartog

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163767
eISBN:
9780231538763
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163767.001.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

This book explores crucial moments of change in society's “regimes of historicity,” or its ways of relating to the past, present, and future. Deriving inspiration from Hannah Arendt, Reinhart ... More


Homo Economicus on Trial: Towards an Ethic of Stewardship

Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte

in Stewarding The Earth: Rethinking Property and the Emergence of Biocultural Rights

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198098669
eISBN:
9780199083046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198098669.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

This chapter lays the theoretical foundations of biocultural rights by making the case that the widespread belief in the naturalness and universality of market values lacks the rigour of proper ... More


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