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Deals with question: Why have so few scholars recognized the supranational system as something that is truly above the level of the state? Argues that my anthropological colleagues are, like others, bound by our own culture, traditions and narratives to such an extent that they are unable to study these pehnomena with the same "objectivity" and "relativism" with which they study the institutions of cultural systems with which they are less familiar. See especially the section on "Difficulties of Thinking Anew" (pp 3-5).

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Presented at the Sun Belt Social Network Conference in February 1987, in Clearwater Beach, FL and at the 86th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association on November 20, 1987 in Chicago, IL

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