Scientific Notes 18, Saving a Symbol in Social Anthropology: Why Libertarians Should Care About ‘Culture Shock’ (2011), by Edward Dutton | www2.libertarian.co.uk


 

This article will chart the rise and fall of the phrase ‘culture shock’ and its central component ‘culture’ in social anthropology.  It will argue that the term is ‘culture shock’ and the way it has been treated symbolizes the dominance of irrational ideologies in anthropology.  This can be noted in part of the well-known stage model but more significantly in the way that ‘contemporary anthropologists’ have been rejecting it.  The article will argue that they are not philosophically justified in their rejection and that their arguments are fallacious.  It will show that this rejection of ‘culture shock’ is ultimately underpinned by a form of anti-freedom historicism which aims to displace critical thinking with dogma and it will argue that continuing to use ‘culture shock’ is thus confronting this anti-freedom movement.

Scientific Notes 18, Saving a Symbol in Social Anthropology: Why Libertarians Should Care About ‘Culture Shock’ (2011), by Edward Dutton | www2.libertarian.co.uk

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3 responses to “Scientific Notes 18, Saving a Symbol in Social Anthropology: Why Libertarians Should Care About ‘Culture Shock’ (2011), by Edward Dutton | www2.libertarian.co.uk

  1. C H Ingoldby

    All i can really get from that essay is that anthropologists are idiots who create bizarre, totally unrealistic theories about human society, using modish and meaningless jargon.

    Or have i missed something?

  2. @Ingoldby
    You’ve missed the influence they have on popular thinking. Minor point ;-)

  3. Some people just like to be important and, if they can’t come up with some new and groundbreaking discovery about the human condition, then they will come up with a new way to describe what we already know. If using the term culture is the best way for Mr Dutton to explain his work then good for him. It would have been usefuk though if he had explained a bit more about how the term does this-some examples maybe.