chapter  3
Anthropology Then and Now
ByHerbert S. Lewis
Pages 19

This chapter presents an old man's dark and critical view of the present state of anthropology. The promising developments of the interwar period, which depended on the interplay of more than one of the four fields, included the all-important work of Joseph H. Greenberg, who rewrote the principles for the understanding of African ethnohistory. In the late 1970s, a new critique of anthropology burst on the scene as several younger anthropologists published tell-all books describing and meditating on their fieldwork experiences. At Columbia, students may take such basic anthropology courses as one dealing with "the spectral effects of culture in the modern," or Southeast Asia: War, Remembrance, and Forgetting; Trauma; Anti-Colonialism; Post-colonial Philosophies of Culture; and Imagining Otherness in Operatic Dramas. The four-field approach was based on the remarkable combination of scientific knowledge and humane political ethics Franz Boas brought with him from Germany and planted in the rich soil of progressivism in Manhattan.