Before entering the café, the customer is asked, ‘Is this your first time coming home?’ (gokitaku hajimete desu ka). The rather awkward question captures the ambiguity of an impersonal commercial space designed to be a personal intimate space.
Christopher Kelty’s book is much more than merely a technical - or even a social - history. It is a broadly based analysis of how the congruent elements of otherwise wildly differing ideologies have interacted across human development at those critical nodes where technology-induced change or intellectual revolution has threatened social stability.
The violent backlash from the community of anthropologists who felt alienated by the AAA with exclusion of the word; the media’s handling of the debate pegging it as “an epic struggle in the discipline between the true scientists and their foes” (Kuper and Marks, 2011)