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The Other

Today, anthropology is defined as the systematic study of the Other, while all other social sciences are in some sense the study of the Self. But, who is the Other and who the Self?

The Other is anyone perceived as different and used to “interdefine”

one’s own identity.

The Other are peoples of non-Western cultures.

In Reinventing Anthropology (1969), Dell Hymes wrote: “the very existence of an autonomous discipline that specializes in the study of Others has always been somewhat problematic.”


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