Computers in/and Anthropology: The Poetics and Politics of Digitization


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March 28, 2018

Critical Commentary

"The Use of Computers in Anthropology (Hymes 1965) is a massive volume stemming from a 1962 Wenner-Gren symposium held in their Austrian castle. The book is rich with diverse and provocative articles detailing early experiences-experiments, even-with computers among anthropologists.1 The collection is headed by an un-sourced quote from Claude LeviStrauss: “. . . the fundamental requirement of anthropology,” this epigraph reads, “is that it begin with a personal relation and end with a personal experience, but . . . in between there is room for plenty of computers” (Hymes 1965, 5)."


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