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The essays in this collection span Lewis' career from his dissertation days as a student of Ruth Benedict's at Columbia to the more recent ventures into family studies and narrative life histories of people living in poverty. His Ph.D. thesis on the impact of the fur trade on the Blackfoot tribe is absorbing reading, reminding us again of the fundamentally different character of the more ""gentle"" Canadian expansion west in contrast to the hostility of the American pioneers. Some of the essays deal with anthropological theory and method and will appeal more to those in the field, or in related social sciences where problems of experimental control, objectivity, and the use of cross-cultural comparisons are equally germane. A major section describes Lewis' field work in Tepoztlan, a pleasant village 60 miles south of Mexico City, and a comparison of its way of life with an Indian village near New Delhi. A vivid account of the undermining of the attempts to set up a medical clinic in the Mexican town makes for an almost perfect movie scenario. The going is a bit more sociometrically rough in the case of the Indian village, and as Lewis points out, suggests that we are much more at home comprehending the complexities of a Tepoztlan with its reflection of the impact of an essentially western Spanish culture than we are coping with the web of traditionally imposed caste, class, and factional interactions of an Asian society. Recurrent themes uniting many of the essays are that peasant village life is not a homogeneous idyll disrupted by the ""evils"" of urbanization; that there is no simple folk-urban continuum; and that the family, studied as a unit, may be one of the most useful means of gaining a depth of understanding within as well as across cultures.
ANTHROPOLOGICAL ESSAYS by Oscar Lewis | Kirkus Reviews
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New conditions in the world require new tools. Global changes in the flow of money, ideas, and people have necessitated new vocabularies, with terms like transnationalism and globalization appearing in anthropological analyses of even the smallest and most well-bounded communities in the world. New conditions also require new opportunities for publication, so while we will continue to publish first-rate peer-reviewed articles, AQ will also publish one additional peer-reviewed section of essays, “Social Thought & Commentary,” and a New Release Book Review section in which reviews of selected books are published in the same quarter the book was released, as opposed to the tradition in which reviews appear sometimes years after the book was published.
Anthropological Essays by Oscar Lewis | LibraryThing
Karl Rahner is undoubtedly the most important Roman Catholic theologian in the twentieth century. His seminal position among his contemporaries results to some extent from his ability to put theology and philosophy into dialogue. His anthropological point of departure is also a convincing starting point for theology today, especially in the context of the modern-postmodern conflict over the nature of the self. Rahner is also adept at engaging the Catholic tradition, especially the Thomist tradition, although he would not have wanted to be labeled a traditionalist. As he said, “I consider myself a sincere and profound friend of St. Thomas. I do not, however, agree with those Thomists who are so locked into traditionalism that they can’t imagine that any progress can be made independently of traditional Thomism” (Rahner, Imhof & Biallowons 1991, 155).