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18 Still, others would perhaps begin the respective stories in the nineteenth century and link the birth of both disciplines with the ascent of modernity. In this version, both claim the same lineage of legendary forefathers: Herbert Spencer, Auguste Comte, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber, to name just a few. In a book on the masters of anthropological thought, Andrzej Paluch writes: “Social anthropology— as well as many other humanistic disciplines, among them linguistics, psychology and sociology—is the legacy of the development of the European thought during the nineteenth century” (1990: 11).

24. See, for example, Cohen and Toland 1988, Skalnik 1989, and Claessen and van de Velde 1991. For an important earlier work see Fried 1967. 25. We discuss in chapter 3 important exceptions to this generalization. 1 It depends on the aim of the research project, the specific ontological assumptions about social/political reality, and the particular conception of ethnography. Since it is impossible to consider all possibilities in a chapter, we delimit the scope of these remarks to two problématiques that are central to the comparativist enterprise, both in comparative politics and in anthropology: the significance of the cultural aspect of social reality and the consequences of the recent turn from macro- to microlevels of analysis in political science (Elster 1985; Geddes 2003; Kalyvas 2006; Weinstein 2007).

Anthropologists have also become highly self-aware and self-critical of the distortions and limitations of the knowledge they produce that results directly from the nature of the medium through which this knowledge is conventionally conveyed: a genre of “ethnographic narrative” (Clifford 1988; Clifford & Marcus 1986; Marcus 1998; Marcus and Fischer 1999). Interestingly, this heightened awareness of the problems related to the specific disciplinary genres or styles of writing has also led to a thorough self-examination of the narratives produced in sociology (see, for example, Seidman & Alexander 2001) and history (White 1978).

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