"...when facing episodes of human suffering and genocide, anthropologists confront a similar problem: measuring moral failure in physical destruction and death, worrying about survival and finding zoë amid the bios. The identification of crisis evokes an acute desire for action inside as well as outside the academy. And in professing such a desire for action, anthropologists might do well to examine actual practices of intervention and advocacy, together with their potential contradictions, failures, and refusals, rather than to assume them as stable goals, distanced on an ideal plane at the very moment of embrace." -Peter Redfield, Doctors, Borders, and Life in Crisis. 

Alex Siegman