By Jeremy MacClancy
This articulate and authoritative survey of either the preferred and educational tendencies in anthropology demonstrates the extensive relevance of anthropological wisdom and argues for a extra inclusive belief of the self-discipline that engages the general public imagination.
- Demonstrates the evolving social contexts of British anthropological conception and perform from the mid-19th century
- Highlights the significance of well known anthropology in forming and maintaining the pro discipline
- Explores the previous and current cross-fertilization of anthropologists, scientists and well-liked literary figures
- Assesses the pioneering efforts on-line to develop the position of anthropology in public debates
- Appeals to a broader readership attracted to cultural and highbrow history
Chapter 1 Beating the boundaries of self-discipline? (pages 1–57):
Chapter 2 John Layard, “Study of a Failure” (pages 58–80):
Chapter three Geoffrey Gorer, “Britain's Margaret Mead” (pages 81–109):
Chapter four Robert Graves (pages 110–134):
Chapter five Mass commentary (pages 135–157):
Chapter 6 The Literary photo of the Anthropologist (pages 158–183):
Chapter 7 Parting reviews (pages 184–192):
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Radcliffe-Brown and his students were keen to uphold that distinction: Psychology and social anthropology study different kinds of phenomena and what the one studies cannot therefore be understood in terms of conclusions reached by the other . . The psychologist and the anthropologist may observe the same acts of raw behaviour but they study them at different levels of abstraction. (EvansPritchard 1951: 45) Just how determined Evans-Pritchard became to exclude psychology was dramatically displayed in his ﬁnal, 1957 meeting with John Layard, a former friend and structural Jungianist (detailed in chapter 2), in which he refused to answer the latter’s intellectual queries.
Monsman 2010). Kingsley, for instance, was an honorary fellow of the Anthropology Society; his 1862 Water Babies mythologized evolutionary theory “with remarkable insight” and received one of its ﬁrst reviews in The Anthropological Review (Beer 2009: 128). One commentator on Beating the Bounds of Discipline? 27 Kipling’s analysis of the social and cultural forces constituting Indian society was so impressed by its originality that he classed him “the sole analogue in England at the turn of the century to Durkheim and Weber” (Annan 1964: 120).
Anthropology in the Public Arena: Historical and Contemporary Contexts by Jeremy MacClancy