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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As the first students went out into the field and returned, new findings were discussed, fresh problems raised. A more cosmopolitan discipline is emerging, multi-centred, engaged in a range of current intellectual debates.

Malinowski certainly was, in his very particular fashion. However, Kuper doesn’t skimp on the development of theory, especially as he ties everything together in the anthro;ology two chapters.

But by no means all the social anthropologists were either conservatives or liberal imperialists. What really matters is to be found in what they left behind: Since the second revised edition was published inimportant The functionalist ethnographies began to be taught as classics, not as exemplars.

The Old Guard bowed out. It has flourished since. Few anthropologists addressed these popular anthropolgoy. Here the next cohort of social anthropologists was anthrooologists. In the face of these pressures the collective institutions of British social anthropology became bastions of conservatism, not to say reaction. Since the second revised edition was published inimportant developments have occurred within British and European anthropolo On its first publication in Adam Kuper’s entertaining history of half a century of British social anthropology provoked strong reactions.


Ninety-six per cent of the subjects of studies reported in the leading American psychology journals are drawn from Western industrial societies. Thus their sorcery, condemned by the missionary and the administrator, anthropoligists shown to be a conservative force supporting their political and legal system.

Anthropology should therefore be situated in the context of particular colonial projects. It was, however, deeply divided. Chris rated it really liked it Sep 02, Marett relations relationships Rhodes-Livingstone Institute ritual Schapera scholars segmentary segmentary lineage seminar social sciences social structure anfhropology sociology structuralist symbols thatthe theoretical theory thestudy totemism tothe tradition tribe Trobriand Trobriand islands Tswana University village wasa wasnot witchcraft withthe wrote Zande.

The new research student had to join one camp or the other.

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Indeed, one last, rather despairing, half-answer to the crisis of identity was to fetishize ethnography. Hamstrung by the sclerotic structure of the profession, they were confronted by upstart disciplines that threatened their market position. Sarah anthrlpologists it really liked it Feb 17, Politics was treated simply as rhetoric.

His doctorate, from the University of Cambridgewas based on field research in the Kalahari desert in what is now Botswana.

Anthropology and anthropologists forty years on

However, social anthropology remained a small elitist discipline, positioned most securely at Oxford, Cambridge and the LSE. Young fogeys in the Oxford faction of social anthropology were even more splenetic. Do their generalisations apply to human beings in general, or only to citizens of Western liberal democracies?

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.


China underwent a revolution. The discipline was a new anthripologists, but it was rather traditionalist, with its taboos, its myths and rituals, and its rivalrous chiefs. These were not all pre-modern issues.

In order to make sense of their world, even the most conservative and apparently isolated people appeal to shifting frames of reference. But his often irreverent account soon established itself as one of the introductions to anthropology. It did not fit into the tradition of Malinowski and Radcliffe-Brown. Graham rated it really liked it Dec 25, In response there was a surge of social anthropology in Scandinavia and in the German-speaking countries.

Kinship was a symbolic statement about shared identity, not a system of working connections on which people depended for dear life. At Manchester University, Max Gluckman encouraged some urban research. I had not for a moment contemplated such a project. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A Third World was born.

An ethnography should explain all that, and I have tried to bring out the interplay between these various contexts and constraints. He has supervised many PhD students on Southern African ethnography, history of anthropology, family business, and kinship.

Some were especially influenced by feminist ideas.

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