edward s. herman

The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda.
—  Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

anonymous asked:

Hello! I was wondering if you could recommend articles or books for someone who is not an anthropologist but would love to be one. It could be of any topic, but friendly towards someone who doesn't have an advance knowledge in this study field. Maybe you could recommend your favorite first articles/books that made you fall in love more with anthropology when you were just starting to study it. Thank you! P.s. I LOVE your blog; I have learned so much and it's really entertaining 😊

Thank you!! This is a tough question, and I hope others comment some other sources. 

Geertz, Clifford. 1973. “Thick description: Toward an interpretive theory of culture.” In The interpretation of cultures. 

Geertz, Clifford. 1974. “‘From the native’s point of view’: On the nature of anthropological understanding.” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 28 (1): 26-45. 

Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1922. “Introduction.” In Argonauts of the Western Pacific. 

Farmer, Paul. 1996. “On suffering and structural violence: A view from below.” Daedalus 125 (1): 261-283. 

Abu-Lughod, Lila. 2002. “Do Muslim women really need saving? Anthropological reflections on cultural relativism and its Others.” American Anthropologist 104 (3): 783-790. 

Foucault, Michel. 1976. The history of sexuality

Chomsky, Noam and Edward S. Herman. 1998. Manufacturing consent. 

Chomsky, Noam. 2016. Who rules the world? 

Mead, Margaret. 1928. Coming of age in Samoa. 

Bohannan, Laura. 1961. “Shakespeare in the bush.” Natural History. 

Said, Edward. 1978. “Introduction.” In Orientalism. 

The Combahee River Collective. 1977. “A Black feminist statement.” 

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1992. “Price formation and the anticipation of profits.” In Language and symbolic power. 

Duggan, Lisa. 2003. “Introduction” and “Equality, Inc.” In The twilight of equality? 

Harris, Marvin. 1976. “History and significance of the emic/etic distinction.” Annual Review of Anthropology 5: 329-350. 

Benedict, Ruth. 1934. Patterns of culture. 

These are in no particular order. Just the order I remembered them. 

Any article you can look at that’s from a major anthro journal like American Anthropologist or American Ethnologist or things like that is also good. A lot of the ones I want to recommend are actually from queer theory, not anthropology. I tried limiting it to that field specifically. Actually I lied some are queer theory good luck figuring out which. 

Anything by any of these authors is also worthy. 

You may be able to find a lot of these as PDFs online but you didn’t hear it from me. 

Edit: you can also find films or short videos featuring a lot of these people, especially Chomsky

#tenbookchallenge

#tenbookchallenge
Here goes my 10 books. These 10 books have definitely been influential in my life and have helped mold and shape the way that I look at and approach this world. I was challenged by Timothy Taylor aka wiseintelligent

The challenge requires you to list 10 influential books and their authors, in no particular order. Then tag 10 others to do the same, and to tag others.

Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political, and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century by Amos N. Wilson

Africans at the Crossroads: African World Revolution Paperback
by John Henrik Clarke

Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle of the Twenty-First Century by J.W. Smith

Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior by Marimba Ani

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X

Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict–Strategies from The Art of War by James Gimian

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman (Author) Noam Chomsky (Author)

I Challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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anonymous asked:

What are some good cultural and physical anthropology books that I should read as an anthropology major?

I’m copying some cultural ones I’ve posted from another ask (check FAQ) 

Geertz, Clifford. 1973. “Thick description: Toward an interpretive theory of culture.” In The interpretation of cultures.

Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1922. “Introduction.” In Argonauts of the Western Pacific.

Foucault, Michel. 1976. The history of sexuality.

Chomsky, Noam and Edward S. Herman. 1998. Manufacturing consent.

Chomsky, Noam. 2016. Who rules the world?

Mead, Margaret. 1928. Coming of age in Samoa.

Said, Edward. 1978. “Introduction.” In Orientalism.

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1992. “Price formation and the anticipation of profits.” In Language and symbolic power.

Duggan, Lisa. 2003. “Introduction” and “Equality, Inc.” In The twilight of equality?

Benedict, Ruth. 1934. Patterns of culture.


Physical anthropology is not something I can help you with, besides textbooks. I hope some other followers who do work in physical comment! 

In this book, Herman & Chomsky attacked USA’s foreign policies, well supported by all kinds of documents and revealed the prag role of the main media. 22 years ago, without wikileaks. But there wasn’t that much publicity.

Newspapers are starving and now defending their governments it’s less worthy than attackiong them through the cables. “It’s just business”.

This book is a ‘must’ in freedom of speech issues and propaganda model. One can notice that soviet, capitalist or fascist propaganda aren’t that different…

The beauty of the system, however, is that such dissent and inconvenient information are kept within bounds and at the margins, so that while their presence shows that the system is not monolithic, they are not large enough to interfere unduly with the domination of the official agenda.
—  Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky - Introduction to Manufacturing Consent