chapter  11
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A.F. Robertson Anthropology and the Nomad: Another View of the Afar

Some anthropologists have been showing increasing concern about the plight of hunter-gatherers, nomads and other people affected by drastic changes in the world about them. Through such bodies as Survival International they have sprung to the defence of Amazonian Indians or tribal peoples in the Philippines, bringing their anthropological knowledge and experience to bear on what are undoubtedly political arguments. Without questioning their good intentions, we may justly feel concerned about their qualifications for entering some of these debates. There is a real risk that clumsy intrusion will ultimately do more harm than good.