A Social History of Anthropology in the United States

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A Social History of Anthropology in the United States

A Social History of Anthropology in the United States

  • Author: Thomas C. Patterson
  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781859734940
  • Category: History
  • Page: 212
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In part due to the recent Yanomami controversy, which has rocked anthropology to its very core, there is renewed interest in the discipline's history and intellectual roots, especially amongst anthropologists themselves. The cutting edge of anthropological research today is a product of earlier questions and answers, previous ambitions, preoccupations and adventures, stretching back one hundred years or more. This book is the first comprehensive history of American anthropology. Crucially, Patterson relates the development of anthropology in the United States to wider historical currents in society. American anthropologists over the years have worked through shifting social and economic conditions, changes in institutional organization, developing class structures, world politics, and conflicts both at home and abroad. How has anthropology been linked to colonial, commercial and territorial expansion in the States? How have the changing forms of race, power, ethnic identity and politics shaped the questions anthropologists ask, both past and present? Anthropology as a discipline has always developed in a close relationship with other social sciences,but this relationship has rarely been scrutinized. This book details and explains the complex interplay of forces and conditions that have made anthropology in America what it is today. Furthermore, it explores how anthropologists themselves have contributed and propagated powerful images and ideas about the different cultures and societies that make up our world.This book will be essential reading for anyone interested inunderstanding the roots and reasons behind American anthropology at the turn of the twenty-first century. Intellectual historians, social scientists, and anyone intrigued by the growth and development of institutional politics and practices should read this book.

Social History of the United States

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Social History of the United States

Social History of the United States

The 1970s

  • Author: Laurie Mercier
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nineteen seventies
  • Page: 458
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This ten-volume encyclopedia explores the social history of 20th century America in rich, authoritative detail, decade by decade, through the eyes of its everyday citizens.

In Defense of Anthropology

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In Defense of Anthropology

In Defense of Anthropology

An Investigation of the Critique of Anthropology

  • Author: Herbert S. Lewis
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 1412852897
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 244
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This book argues that the history and character of modern anthropology has been egregiously distorted to the detriment of this intellectual pursuit and academic discipline. The "critique of anthropology" is a product of the momentous and tormented events of the 1960s when students and some of their elders cried, "Trust no one over thirty!" The Marxist, postmodern, and postcolonial waves that followed took aim at anthropology and the result has been a serious loss of confidence; both the reputation and the practice of anthropology has suffered greatly. The time has come to move past this damaging discourse. Herbert S. Lewis chronicles these developments, and subjects the "critique" to a long overdue interrogation based on wide-ranging knowledge of the field and its history, as well as the application of common sense. The book questions discourses about anthropology and colonialism, anthropologists and history, the problem of "exoticizing 'the Other,'" anthropologists and the Cold War, and more. Written by a master of the profession, In Defense of Anthropology will require consideration by all anthropologists, historians, sociologists of science, and cultural theorists.

Nso and Its Neighbours. Readings in the Social History of the Western Grassfields of Cameroon

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Nso and Its Neighbours. Readings in the Social History of the Western Grassfields of Cameroon

Nso and Its Neighbours. Readings in the Social History of the Western Grassfields of Cameroon

Readings in the Social History of the Western Grassfields of Cameroon

  • Author: Bongfen Chem-Langhëë,Verkijika G. Fanso
  • Publisher: African Books Collective
  • ISBN: 9956717533
  • Category: History
  • Page: 494
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This is a rich and compelling volume of readings in social history on Nso' and its neighbours in the Western Grassfields of Cameroon. It consists of 19 essays by some of the leading historians, archeologists and ethnographers of the region, with seminal contributions by Jean-Pierre Warnier, Paul Nchoji Nkwi, Bongfen Chem-Langhee, Phyllis Kaberry, E.M Chilver, Miriam Goheen, Ian Flower, Dan Lantum and V.G. Fanso. The book covers a broad range of themes from precolonial times to date, including trade, alliances, diplomacy, the iron industry, colonial impact, continuities, discontinuities and compromise, general persistence, ideology and conflict. Warnier draws on linguistic and archaeological data to argue that this region has been settled for several millennia, very probably continuously, and that its landscapes are very ancient and have resulted from many human and natural forces other than the simple clearance of the forest cover of the region at an uncertain date as some authors have postulated. Using data on inter-group diplomacy and alliances, Nkwi puts into question some problematic theses on persistence hostilities and enhances knowledge of the precolonial history of the region. Fowler and Chem-Langhee show how local conditions and needs fostered the spirit and practice of cooperative ventures in the precolonial period, which provided the driving force and the ideological and structural underpinnings for the successful and smooth introduction of modern modes of cooperation in the area during the colonial and postcolonial periods. The rest of the studies have a unifying theme or thesis, namely, that despite the entry and assault of external, influences, particularly those associated with colonialism, Christianity and Islam, the traditional institutions, customs and value systems of the Nso' and their neighbours have resisted major change and their total corrosion is not yet in sight. The volume illustrates the proposition that historical research is a continuous process of rediscovery which provides new questions, and also that the evidence of other disciplines - linguistics, archaeology and palaeobotany for example - may give rise to many new lines of inquiry and help to correct the documentary record and explain oral tradition. Herein lies the most important element of this experimental collection. Its editors hope that it will provoke other similar collections.

The History of the Social Sciences since 1945

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The History of the Social Sciences since 1945

The History of the Social Sciences since 1945

  • Author: Roger E. Backhouse,Philippe Fontaine
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107717779
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 268
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This compact volume covers the main developments in the social sciences since the Second World War. Chapters on economics, human geography, political science, psychology, social anthropology, and sociology will interest anyone wanting short, accessible histories of those disciplines, all written by experts in the relevant field; they will also make it easy for readers to make comparisons between disciplines. A final chapter proposes a blueprint for a history of the social sciences as a whole. Whereas most of the existing literature considers the social sciences in isolation from one other, this volume shows that they have much in common; for example, they have responded to common problems using overlapping methods, and cross-disciplinary activities have been widespread.

Social History of the United States

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Social History of the United States

Social History of the United States

The 1960s

  • Author: Troy D. Paino
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nineteen sixties
  • Page: 413
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This ten-volume encyclopedia explores the social history of 20th century America in rich, authoritative detail, decade by decade, through the eyes of its everyday citizens.

A History of Anthropological Theory

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A History of Anthropological Theory

A History of Anthropological Theory

  • Author: Paul A. Erickson,Liam Donat Murphy
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 9781442601109
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 296
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This overview of the history of anthropological theory provides a comprehensive history from antiquity through to the twenty-first century, with a focus on the twentieth century and beyond. Unlike other volumes, it also offers a four-field introduction to theory. As a stand-alone text, or used in conjunction with the companion volume Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Erickson and Murphy offer a comprehensive, affordable, and contemporary introduction to anthropological theory. The third edition has been updated and fully revised throughout to closely parallel the presentation in the companion reader, making it easier to use both books in tandem. New original essays by contemporary theorists bring theories to life, and portraits of important theorists make it a handsome volume. Sources and suggested readings have been updated, and glossary definitions have been updated, streamlined, and standardized.

Forest Society

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Forest Society

Forest Society

A Social History of Petén, Guatemala

  • Author: Norman B. Schwartz
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 9780812213164
  • Category: History
  • Page: 367
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The author contends that for 250 years, roughly from the 1720s to the 1970s, the sociocultural system of Petn endured with remarkable continuity, not in spite of the changes in the hinterland region but, to an important degree, because of them.

Human Expeditions

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Human Expeditions

Human Expeditions

Inspired by Bruce Trigger

  • Author: Stephen Chrisomalis,André Costopoulos
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442664568
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 316
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In its 2007 obituary of Bruce Trigger (1937–2006), the Times of London referred to the Canadian anthropologist and archaeologist as “Canada’s leading prehistorian” and “one of the most influential archaeologists of his time.” Trained at Yale University and a faculty member at McGill University for more than forty years, he was best known for his History of Archaeological Thought, which the Times called “monumental.” Trigger inspired scholars all over the world through his questioning of assumptions and his engagement with social and political causes. Human Expeditions pays tribute to Trigger’s immense legacy by bringing together cutting edge work from internationally recognized and emerging researchers inspired by his example. Covering the length and breadth of Trigger’s wide-ranging interests – from Egyptology to the history of archaeological theory to North American aboriginal cultures – this volume highlights the diversity of his academic work and the magnitude of his impact in many different areas of scholarship.

The Myth of Race

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The Myth of Race

The Myth of Race

  • Author: Robert Wald Sussman
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674745302
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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Although eugenics is now widely discredited, some groups and individuals claim a new scientific basis for old racist assumptions. Pondering the continuing influence of racist research and thought, despite all evidence to the contrary, Robert Sussman explains why—when it comes to race—too many people still mistake bigotry for science.