Reviewer Meets Reviewed: In Defense of Anthropology by RoyalAnthropologicalInst published on 2018-04-25T14:26:24Z In Defense of Anthropology: An Investigation of the Critique of Anthropology The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Prof Herbert Lewis, author of In Defense of Anthropology: An Investigation of the Critique of Anthropology, and Dr James Carrier, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. This book argues that the history and character of modern anthropology has been egregiously distorted to the detriment of this intellectual pursuit and academic discipline. The "critique of anthropology" is a product of the momentous and tormented events of the 1960s when students and some of their elders cried, "Trust no one over thirty!" The Marxist, postmodern, and postcolonial waves that followed took aim at anthropology and the result has been a serious loss of confidence; both the reputation and the practice of anthropology has suffered greatly. The time has come to move past this damaging discourse. Lewis chronicles these developments, and subjects the "critique" to a long overdue interrogation based on wide-ranging knowledge of the field and its history, as well as the application of common sense.