Talk:Historical particularism

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I question the value of this page. There is no doubt that Marvin Harris coined the term "historical particularism" to lump Boas, Kroeber, and others in one of the movements in anthropology he disagreed with. But Boas and Kroeber did not identify themselves this way, nor did they agree over most things, and George Stocking - a real historian - does not lump these anthropologists together this way, nor does he identify this as a meaningful period in the history of anthropology. Therefore, i think that this should be mentioned in an article on marvin harris or in and article on The rise of Anthropological Theory where it is clear that "historical particularism" is a way that Harris looked at anthropology, and not a "real" school of thought. Slrubenstein | Talk 13:57, 13 December 2006 (UTC)


Though Slrubenstein wrote this some time ago, good points are made and this page merits development. KSRolph (talk) 02:27, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. I still hold these views. Do you suggest proposing a merge? Delete this? Ho to go forward? Since no one has commented in five years this is obviously of little interest to editors (although I do wish there were more scholarly articles on the history of anthropology) Slrubenstein | Talk 13:36, 15 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I think the page is important as its own. I came here expecting to find a redlink and was prepared to created it. Marvin may have coined the word, but it remains in use as a description of the Boasian kind of anti evolutionary historicism and readers are likely to want a description. We can describe Boas' own way of formulating his view. I really wish I'd get to hear Steve's answer here and have the full discussion with him. ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 13:52, 25 September 2012 (UTC)