Blog | May 2018, Anthropology News
Twentieth-Century Faces of Anthropology’s Holism
Renewing Political Anthropology
by Irfan Ahmad
The evolutionary-racial othering that the concept of holism enacted does not only belong to anthropology’s past, in the nineteenth century. The division of the world into us and them has continued in many works, albeit not in the form of the “modern” us and “primitive” them that many anthropologists now recognize. This othering, itself political, operates regardless of whether the work in question explicitly engages with politics.