chapter  18
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Mark Allen Peterson Aliens, Ape Men and Whacky Savages: The Anthropologist in the Tabloids

Literature about how informants view anthropologists falls roughly into two categories. The first consists of accounts by anthropologists of how informants classify outsiders in general and ethnographers in particular (see, for example, Stoller 1987). The second category consists of accounts of informant reactions to what the ethnographer has written about them (a superb example being Feld, 1982). What I would like to present here are some preliminary observations on discourse about anthropologists in American public culture, observations that fall into the first category rather than the second.