Adam Kuper. Anthropology and anthropologists: the British school in the twentieth century. London: Routledge. xvii + pp. Anthropology and anthropologists forty years on. Adam Kuper. I. My account of British social anthropology was first published by Penguin Books in under. On its first publication in Adam Kuper’s entertaining history of half a century of British social anthropology provoked strong reactions. But his often irreverent.

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And if social anthropology did not have its special field of research — a particular type of society and culture — then what could anthropollogists contribute to the broader discourse of the social sciences?

Thus their sorcery, condemned by the missionary and the administrator, was shown to be a conservative force supporting their political and legal system. Bronislaw Malinowski worked in Melanesia, about which Rivers had written anthropoligy masterpiece, and he once boasted that if Rivers had been the Rider Haggard of anthropology, he would be its Conrad.

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In Malinowski and the International African Institute launched a research fellowship programme funded by a Rockefeller family foundation. V Initially very little funding was available to send people into the field. While comparisons may be difficult they are not impossible, and there is very real need for broader perspectives and for better information about how other people manage their lives.


A popular introduction to social anthropology, published inwas entitled Other Anthropologyy. Some of the most promising younger anthropologists opted for posts abroad in the s and s.

It would be more so if it were not disastrous to anthropology. The charge was that anthropologists stigmatized Africans as primitive, sided with traditional rulers against the educated urban anthroplogists, and generally did what they could to prop up colonial rule.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Theories were stretched, questioned, vindicated and, occasionally, relinquished, though seldom by Malinowski himself.

He, no doubt had his reasons, never entirely clear to me.

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The rest of the world was divided up as convenient. The tradition did not then suddenly come to an end, but it gradually lost its distinctive identity.

The discipline was a new one, but it was rather traditionalist, with its taboos, its myths and rituals, and its rivalrous chiefs. Binit rated it really liked it Sep 02, Since then three excellent biographies have appeared, of Malinowski, Edmund Leach and Mary Douglas, alongside a number of memoirs and interviews.

At this critical juncture the social anthropologists began to lose ground within their home universities. Competitive Marxist anthropologies emerged in Paris in the s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Anthropology and anthropologists forty years on

However, The Sixties, a decade of carnival and radical new ideas — still going strong in the s — was a traumatic period for all the social sciences. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


By the s these sentiments were widely shared among Anthropollogists intellectuals.

And no longer a specifically Anthropologlsts or even Franco-British enterprise, the very nature of social anthropology changed fundamentally. The racket here is very amusing.

anthropolotists Malinowski certainly was, in his very particular fashion. Some were especially influenced by feminist ideas. Firth changed his tune when he landed a big role in the Colonial Social Science Research Council, but the purist line was asserted even more strongly in Oxford.

The old school was not with the movement. Actor—network theory Alliance theory Cross-cultural studies Cultural materialism Culture theory Diffusionism Feminism Historical particularism Boasian anthropology Functionalism Interpretive Performance studies Political economy Practice theory Structuralism Post-structuralism Systems theory.

He married Jessica Cohen of Johannesburg in and taught from to at Makerere University in Kampala. However, the culturalist discourse excluded much that had been central to the social anthropology. In response there was a surge of social anthropology in Scandinavia and in the German-speaking countries.

The African colonies were anthropoloy economically. However, social anthropology remained a small elitist discipline, positioned most securely at Oxford, Cambridge and the LSE.