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Culture & Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis

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Exposing the inadequacies of old conceptions of static cultures and detached observers, the book argues instead for social science to acknowledge and celebrate diversity, narrative, emotion, and subjectivity.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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Jonathan
One of the main reasons I went to Grad School.
Conor
This was assigned reading a few years ago, but I only got half way through it then. It was a bit of a struggle this time too.

A very heady book in which Rosaldo takes up many of the fundamental questions plaging (now post-colonial) human science. There is a profound amount of material on changing perception in anthropology (which is central to the book) and Rosaldo's position in the polemic of the changing political goals in universities. The latter point should be noted: a shift to more conserva
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Annah
It's weird rereading college books without an academic impetus, but worth remembering why I've kept this one on my shelf for all these years! The male Rosaldo makes a poetic case for subjectivity and social critique in anthropology, rejecting the notion that classic impartiality is the only valid way to do ethnography. Aaaaaand that, if we're being truly honest, there's really no such thing anyway.
Chris
Rosaldo revisits cultural anthropology as more a scholarship of the humanities instead of a social science. His personal experience of living in a borderland between the Latino culture of his parents and the greater American culture is illuminating. He sees himself as someone not completely belonging to one or the other, but having the ability to see both uniquely. The book is well written and far more accessible than much of the postmodern drivel published by other culture scholars of the time. ...more
Michael
This was an amazing book for more reasons than I could highlight in a review. From an undergrad perspective in anthropology, this book is essential for clarifying some long standing debates, as well as informing contemporary ones that are still raging.
LA
Oct 10, 2007 LA rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anthropologists. ethnographers.
must all anthropologists write so dryly?? he starts with an emotional story, milks it, then the milk runs dry. no sense in crying over spilt milk since it is already Dry.
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Renato Rosaldo is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the American Ethnological Society. He is the author of The Day of Shelly's Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief, Culture and Truth and Ilongot Headhunting, 1883–1974, and two award-winning poetry collections ...more
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