A broken society

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 09.51.30Dalrymple says (from 2:27) that the nearest to an account of a ‘broken society’ he has read is in Colin Turnbull’s study The Mountain People (1972).

The Ik

were displaced from their environment,

and according to Turnbull they became

psychopathic, every person pursuing his own ends with a callousness and indifference to the suffering even of spouses and children — indifference of an astounding degree.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 10.57.40Dalrymple explains that Turnbull’s account

has been challenged.

It has been claimed that

he misunderstood everything: he didn’t know the language and he didn’t understand Ik society.

But Dalrymple notes that

even if it was as unpleasant as he said it was, it did survive.

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