Anthropology in the Public Arena: Historical and by Jeremy MacClancy

By Jeremy MacClancy

This articulate and authoritative survey of either the preferred and educational traits in anthropology demonstrates the huge relevance of anthropological wisdom and argues for a extra inclusive perception 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 renowned anthropology in forming and maintaining the pro discipline
  • Explores the previous and current cross-fertilization of anthropologists, scientists and popular literary figures
  • Assesses the pioneering efforts on-line to strengthen the function of anthropology in public debates
  • Appeals to a broader readership attracted to cultural and highbrow history

Chapter 1 Beating the limits 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 snapshot of the Anthropologist (pages 158–183):
Chapter 7 Parting reviews (pages 184–192):

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Your guinea a year paid for these luxuries. Books and newspapers, cards and dice, were not permitted to enter the room. You must talk; and the talk was worth-while when the members included Walter Bagehot, W. K. Clifford, Samuel Butler, Henry Fawcett, David Masson, Admiral Maxse, Goldwin Smith, Leslie and Fitzjames Stephen, John Tyndall, and Sir E. B. Tylor. Clifford and Tylor gave pledge that Clodd was a talker Beating the Bounds of Discipline? 23 worthy of the high company, and he became a member.

Rather than uphold the common elevation of the written over the spoken word, he also learnt to appreciate the sophistication of oral culture. Stevenson transmitted these views in various novels and short stories, querying the common views about the supposedly civilizing process following the Union of Scotland with England or the cumulative colonization of once independent islands. Throughout his life he also continued to participate in anthropological debates in London periodicals (Reid 2006; see also Ashley 2000).

Thanks partly, but significantly, to the work of Rivers, Malinowski, and their colleagues, alongside that done by the first British sociologists, “the cultural” and “the social” were seen as new, enlightening, important foci of study and modes of explanation, as opposed to more established ones: psychological, economic, and geographic or climatological determinism. In the interwar period contemporary writers and literary critics came to regard above all anthropology, as well as associated social disciplines, as integral parts of a broad modernist program (Highmore 2006).

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