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T h e latter two “ w ere h ig h ly politicized work in m ere manifestos a n d atm o s phere political econo m y, of that polemics, part of the p e r io d ” ( 19 8 6 : M arcus a n d 33). Of Fischer assert that it “ tend ed to isolate itself from cultural anthropology’s concur rent d e v e l o p m e n t of a m o r e sophisticated eth no g r aphic prac tice on in te r p r e tive lines. : 84). m a r xis m By a n d 33 c u l t u r e this v ie w , political e co n o m y a n d symbolic anthropology would fit neatly on the grid outlined above, w it h political econ o m y on the left a n d symbolic anthropology on the right.
W it h of m a te r ia lis m d o m in a t e d anthropological this trend, a type discussions, espe cially thro ugh the cultural ecology of Julian Steward a n d the cultural evo lutio nism of Leslie W h it e . B y the late 1960s, h o w ever, increasing n u m b e r s of social scientists were rejecting e x planatory accounts as positivist a n d were rediscovering G e r m a n historicism a n d the in te r p r e tive sociologies that h a d influenced the early Boasians. Yet, at a p p r o x im a te ly the same t im e , position of pub lic d o m in a n c e passed to M a r v in H a rr is A n t h r o p o l o g ic a l T h e o r y volumes, in upo n the anthropological m aterialis m the publication of his R is e ( 19 6 8 ) .
S u c h expressions are useful in that they help us to organize a mass of m aterial and quickly see w h a t was at issue at a particular m o m e n t . T h e y po in t to areas of tension, irresolvable conflicts betw een m utually e x clusive sets of assumptions— b etw e e n , for e x a m p l e , those w ho take a science of society as their goal a n d seek precise e xp la n a tions of social processes and those explanatory science is possible a n d w ho deny that seek instead such an in te r pr e tive u n d e r s tan d in g of social life.
Anthropologies and Histories: Essays in Culture, History, and Political Economy by William Roseberry