Marxism and Anthropology

A brief explanation of how the humanities engage with Marxism.

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Marxism within anthropology first emerged as part of anthropology’s critique of colonialism in the 1960’s and 1970’s (Wallerstein 2004; Roseberry 1998). Marx and Engels rejected the ethnocentric idea that Western cultural forms were superior to all other cultures which is compatible with the central anthropological idea of cultural relativism. Instead, Marx…