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Volume 2, Issue 1 (1973)

Behavior Modification and Operant Psychology: An Anthropological Critique

pp. 34—37

The human unsuitability of operant behaviorism has been noted on philosophical or humanistic bases (e.g., Chomsky, 1959). The behaviorist paradigm has received scant attention from cultural anthropology-the discipline most concerned with culture. The time is over-ripe to indicate some problems both in its theory and in its application. The following argument is based on nine field projects and fifty reports.

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