One thing we take for granted, and we shouldn’t, especially in anthropological work, under the slanted light of ethics, is: why we work in society at all? We have not always had society or culture as our object, earlier anthropology was more interested in things or evolution or some other objects, it was the creation of society itself as an ethical formation that has made it a location for cultural enquiry. I think we should take stock of the fact that it was not always there, it is an idea that has waxed and waned. If it is a question of why now, I feel that it may be because right now, in general, has been under threat.
– Carol Greenhouse