to cite a core lesson in anthropology, it pays to occasionally soak yourself in someone else’s point of view, however much you might instinctively recoil

When shopping so extensively among the Azande, he might have placed one or two orders nearer home

anthropology, sociology, and criminology, have evolved either as unhistorical disciplines, or with an inadequate historical component, or with an actively anti-historical bias

The increasing tendency to abstract some anthropological or sociological finding from its context, and to flourish it around as if it was possessed of some intrinsic value

One nods contentedly over the argument, re-assured by anthropological footnotes, until one recalls that Ben Jonson – if he had seen that passage –