During the past three decades, the study of the history of anthropology has grown tremendously. To those coming to the discipline for the first time, their interest may arise from the fact that anthropology has become an increasingly attractive and controversial discipline, given its link to the growth of postcolonial studies. To anthropologists themselves, interest has grown in their discipline's history because the political realities in the postcolonial era of globalization are stimulating a reconceptualization of anthropology's subject matter. The lines between (largely) nationally based traditions of inquiry are blurring-if not being obliterated altogether--and skirmishes on any discipline's borders conduce to internal changes. Thus the need for a new history of the field: A New History of Anthropology. This compact volume is a collection of new writings by some of the pre-eminent scholars of anthropology and has been carefully edited to provide an ideal tool for teaching and learning about the history of the field. Given its collaborative nature, A New History of Anthropology's breadth and depth surpasses the work of which any single author is capable.
Each chapter addresses substantive issues with theoretical sophistication, but all are written using a minimum of exclusionary jargon, so that they are intelligible to students as well as researchers.A New History of Anthropology begins with coverage of anthropology's prehistory (the results of the first encounters of Western explorers with non-Western exotic peoples), traces anthropology's various intellectual traditions and all of its subfields, and concludes with discussions of the discipline's current condition.
?A New History draws together an engaging and illuminating set of case studies that throw anthropology?s history into relief and will be of particular use as a teaching resource.? (Anthropological Forum, July 2009)
?What makes this collection excellent is not just the inventive range of topics but, above all, the sophistication and open-mindedness of the contributors.?
(Times Higher Education Supplement)
?This collection of original essays is new not just because it is newly published, but also because it is innovative. Without exception, these essays, contributed by historians and anthropologists, are theoretically sophisticated and historically informed. They constitute an historical sociology and politics of anthropological ideas and practices that illuminate current debates. Editor Kuklick has achieved a consistency and power not often found in varied collections. Essential.? (Choice)
"In this book one finds not only a helpful 'tool for both the teaching and learning pf the history of anthropology', but also learns about knowledge production as a tool for empowering a discipline not yet fully recovered from it entanglement with colonial power and exploitation, inter-disciplinary threats and intra-disciplinary struggles." (Critique of Anthropology, 2009)
"Kuklick and her contributors, continuing along the revelatory pathway cut by her The Savage Within
, open new and illuminating perspectives on familiar terrains while providing detailed and provocative vistas onto hitherto disregarded areas of anthropology." ?Glenn Bowman, University of Kent and Editor, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"This is a wonderfully engaging brave collection of essays that interrogates much of the received wisdom about the history of anthropology. It moves the history of anthropology away from a narrowly British-American focus and engages with the breadth of the discipline in exciting and challenging ways."
?Howard Morphy, Australian National University
"A New History of Anthropology provides encyclopedic coverage that is at once fresh and authoritative. Essays on national traditions of anthropology intersect with those organized topically, resulting in some surprising synergies." ?Richard Handler, University of Virginia and Editor, History of Anthropology
"Kuklick's collection of original essays on the history of anthropology is both comprehensive and accessible. It is refreshingly new, not least her own chapter on British anthropology, which brings her landmark book, The Savage Within, vigorously up-to-date."
?Keith Hart, University of London
"In a growing field, Henrika Kuklick and her contributors provide readers with good food for thought and reflection. With its many dimensions, much of this book will remain indispensable for future teaching and research."
?Andre Gingrich, Austrian Academy of Sciences
List of Illustrations.
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction: Henrika Kuklick (University of Pennsylvania).
1. Anthropology before Anthropology: Harry Liebersohn (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
2. North American Traditions in Anthropology: The Historiographic Baseline: Regna Darnell (University of Western Ontario).
3. The British Tradition: Henrika Kuklick (University of Pennsylvania).
4. Traditions in the German Language: H. Glenn Penny (University of Iowa).
5. The Metamorphosis of Ethnology in France, 1839?1930: Emmanuelle Sibeud (University of Paris VIII).
6. The Spiritual Dimension: Ivan Strenski (University of California, Riverside).
7. The Empire in Empiricism: The Polemics of Color: Barbara Saunders (University of Leuven).
8. Anthropology and the Classics: Robert Ackerman (Clare Hall, University of Cambridge).
9. Anthropology on the Periphery: The Early Schools of Nordic Anthropology: Christer Lindberg (Lund University and Turku University).
10. Colonial Commerce and Anthropological Knowledge: Dutch Ethnographic Museums in the European Context: Donna C. Mehos (Eindhoven Technical University).
11. Political Fieldwork, Ethnographic Exile, and State Theory: Peasant Socialism and Anthropology in Late-Nineteenth-Century Russia: Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (University of Cambridge).
12. Using the Past to Serve the Peasant: Chinese Archaeology and the Making of a Historical Science: Hilary A. Smith (University of Pennsylvania).
13. The Anthropology of Race Across the Darwinian Revolution: Thomas F. Glick (Boston University).
14. Race across the Physical-Cultural Divide in American Anthropology: Jonathan Marks (University of North Carolina, Charlotte).
15. Temporality as Artifact in Paleoanthropology: How New Ideas of Race, Brutality, Molecular Drift, and the Powers of Time Have Affected Conceptions of Human Origins: Robert N. Proctor (Stanford University).
New Directions and Perspectives.
16. Women in the Field in the Twentieth Century: Revolution, Involution, Devolution?: Lyn Schumaker (University of Manchester).
17. Visual Anthropology: Anna Grimshaw (Emory University).
18. Anthropological Regionalism: Rena Lederman (Princeton University).
19. Applied Anthropology: Merrill Singer (Yale University).