We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I took an anthro minor in 1975, and parts of this ideology-driven dogma were already well under weigh, others just getting started. I kept up with many of the discussions through the 1990's and they were unbearably political by the time I gave it up in disgust. I hung on long enough to read Lawrence Keeley's War Before Civilization, which was hated at the time. He referenced Chagnon with approval many times, BTW.
I don't know what has happened since then to the field. I would guess that it is among the most uniformly identity-politics-riddled disciplines at this point, but that is only based on its past trajectory, plus the absence of information that there has been any recent revolution in the field.
Archaeology and genetics are undermining some of the favored theories pretty quickly at this point.
Assistant Village Idiot
Just hope you include "FEMINISTS" among your identity-politics grouping , as they are among the fiercest of the identity group- think classes!
Or rather they are, at least until attacked, at which time they all braid their hair and become "Little Girls" again, needing the protection of strong men (IF you can consider the beta White Knights who defend them as strong men? Or indeed, men at all???)
Everybody knows there are NO feminists in burning buildings or on sinking ships!!!
This is one situation where IQ testing and its haters would come to the fore. The academic left never liked the fact that IQ testing worked, was accurate, and was predicative. They had to come up with other reasons to explain racial differences in outcomes.
The same folks who hated the IQ tests would hate Chagnon's work, because he showed that those peaceful, angelic tribespeople were nasty and brutal with no prompting from outsiders. It's kind of like the Irish when strangers arrived. They were tough, fought a lot over almost anything, and yet were happy with their lives.
The US military still uses IQ testing, but they call it a "vocational aptitude" test. The reason is that it's an effective way to shunt recruits to appropriate jobs. Plus, they found out that no one under IQ 82 can do ANY job in the military. McNamara tried during Vietnam, and it was a disaster for the recruits and the Army.
I was in the Navy when McNamara's project 100,000 occurred. Fortunately the Navy only got about 10,000 of those people, but they caused lots of problems. People with an IQ around 80 can only do the simplest jobs and it takes a long time to train them. I had a sailor in my division who wasn't too intelligent. The Chief told me that when this guy went out on a jot, somebody had to go with him to make sure he didn't screw up the job. Low IQ people require too much supervision which uses up a lot of manpower that is always in short supply.