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Some reflections on anthropological structural Marxism

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Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK. ana01sln@gold.ac.uk

Abstract

The primary topic in this discussion is the brief career of anthropological structural Marxism and the possibility of its continued relevance. That issue is framed by a more general one: on what basis are explanatory theories adopted and discarded in anthropology? The discussion of structural Marxism is framed within recent debates about the desirability of socio-cultural anthropology's traditional associations with other sub-fields of anthropology, and it is argued that the isolation of sub-fields is a regressive theoretical move.

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