By Peggy Reeves Sanday
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Women and children first" is an example in our society. Other priorities are less explicit but are no less systematically applied and are agreed to in practice, if not in principle. We see them at work in our society in connection with programs that get their budgets cut or eliminated or that are perennially underfunded in respect to their publicly announced objectives. Remedial reading in the schools and treatment of the mentally ill and physically handicapped are obvious examples. Clearly, low priority goes to the special needs of people who, without assistance, are unable to operate within our institutional arrangements.
He can rationalize away his failures as someone else's fault and go on as before. 2 The pattern of self-segregation by those able to accomplish it is most clearly evident in colonial situations and among groups of expatriates, where the resident colonial officials or oil company employees tend to live in special compounds or distinct localities and to restrict very sharply their dealings with local people. It is no exaggeration to say that, in the United States, the pattern of residential segregation and of social and recreational club membership is essentially the same.
One such perception of life—one which draws all human beings together—is that likes produce alikes in the generative process. Sheep produce sheep, or, more precisely, sheep beget lambs, and lambs become sheep. " The only answer to that question is twofold: It is not immediately obvious that this should happen except that, in the realm of everyday experience, it does, and, when we do not know that it happens (as with some of the great whales), we simply assume that it does. " We have endorsed, with the science of genetics, a powerful sense, very deeply embedded in our culture (most easily found by reading the Old Testament1 ) that many of the attributes we see in living creatures are somehow there because they are part of the procreative process.
Anthropology and the Public Interest. Fieldwork and Theory by Peggy Reeves Sanday