Classication, or, is Is Not a Pipe
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I have a terrible confession to make: I’m not really very interested in pipes. Partway through the research that led to this book, a mentor of mine,
Marley Brown, recalled to me the warning he had go en from his advisor: research topics have a way of taking over one’s scholarly persona. If he wasn’t careful, he would become forever Pipe Man. He turned to me, “How about you; do you want to be Pipe Woman?” Frankly, the thought lled me with dread. I had come to the pipes because of my interest in that interpretive stalemate: the problem of Indian or African origins. Initially, I thought that our typologies needed re nement or revision to allow a de nitive answer. I gradually came to think that the problem was not technical (a awed typology) but methodological (a narrow concept of classi cation) and theoretical (asking the wrong questions). Our dif- culties with technique, method, and theory are linked.