Other worlds exist

L.H. Morgan surely wasn't "neutral" in supporting the Iroquoises.

Perhaps the anthropological discipline is now slowly letting go of its positivist baggage and stepping towards the contemporary world: in the opening article of the recent Current Anthropology supplement  Engaged anthropology, diversity and dilemmas,(Vol.51, suppl.2, october 2010) Low & Merry highlight how little attention was paid by the peer reviewers of this publication  to the concepts of ‘objectivity’ and ‘neutrality’ which have until now been regularly invoked  as a way of  legitimating ethnographic research. This may suggest that scholars are slowly recognizing that personal and political engagement in the struggles and demands of the communities they study represent an enrichment of, and not an obstacle to the production of scholarly knowledge. As Micheal Herzfeld (2010) observes in his article in the same publication Gentrification, engagement and the neoliberal hijacking of history, it is an ethical duty of anthropologists to show alternative possibilities to neoliberal cynicism, and to make them accessible and understandable to the public.

This post also available in: Italian, Spanish, Catalan