The evolution of Marshall Sahlins
Goldsmith, M. (2005). The evolution of Marshall Sahlins. In D. Munro & B.V. Lai (Eds.), Texts and Contexts: Reflections in Pacific Islands Historiography (pp. 76-86). Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
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MARSHALL SAHLINS (born 1930), the Charles Grey Distinguished Professor at the University of Chicago, is the highest-profile American anthropologist currently working in the field of Oceania. There is no denying his influence in theoretical areas of concern to the discipline as a whole but his final reputation is likely to rest on a number of writings on Pacific topics. Because he is an accomplished archival researcher as well as a fieldworker, his scholarship transcends anthropology and spills over into history, greatly increasing the impact his ideas have had in contemporary intellectual life.
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