Friday, May 27, 2011

Late Great Anthropologist Ruth Benedict on Nationalism

Anthropology, Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden: "Modern existence has thrown many civilizations into close contact, and at the moment the overwhelming response to this situation is nationalism and racial snobbery. There has never been a time when civilization stood more in need of individuals who are genuinely culture-conscious, who can see objectively the socially conditioned behaviour of other peoples without fear and recrimination. (Patterns of Culture, pp.10-11)."

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