The Startling Ability of Culture to Bring Critical Inquiry to a Halt
Limerick agrees with the authors of the three previous selections that culture can be useful for explaining social life. But, like Elkins and Simeon, she urges us to be cautious with respect to cultural explanations that lack clear specification of the explanatory and dependent variables and the linkages between them. She underscores her brief argument with vivid contemporary examples, drawn primarily from the poststructuralist literature, in which she finds culture employed vaguely to serve any purpose authors require.
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