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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Durkheim and his successors had nothing to say about social change or about the economic, political and religious currents that swept across national boundaries. A Third World was born. In consequence, any anthropologist who specialised in development studies was unlikely to find encouragement, or employment, in a department of social anthropology.

The Africanists were expected to work in the tradition of Radcliffe-Brown. The discipline might claim to have its own measure of theory to contribute. Key theories 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.

By the s these sentiments were widely shared among African intellectuals. Since then three excellent biographies have appeared, of Malinowski, Edmund Leach and Mary Douglas, alongside a number of memoirs and interviews.

A third answer to the question — what are we doing over there? Context, Models and Anthropologists’ Accounts. Nor is this all taken to be a sign of modernity, or a marker of uncomfortable and ill-comprehended change, to be blamed perhaps on a vaguely conceived Neo-Liberalism.


Even in its British heartlands, social anthropology barely resisted translation into cultural studies yet another new discipline to threaten their identity. Stan Barker rated it really liked it Jun 17, Some senior colleagues were cautious, even furtive, readier to purvey unreliable anecdotes about their contemporaries than to talk openly about themselves.

If the Trobriand islanders did it, or nathropology it, it must be assumed to be a anthropokogy thing for them to do or to have. A popular introduction to social anthropology, published inwas entitled Other Cultures.

The anthropoologists of the world was divided up as convenient. This page was last edited on 15 Septemberat Adepts of strange cults turn out to be no less reasonable than we ourselves.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Demetrelli rated it really liked it Sep 23, Want to Read saving…. Having lost an Empire, anthropologists had anthropoloty find a role. Hardly had I begun to get my bearings than Isaac Schapera invited me to write an account of modern British social anthropology.

He was more in sympathy with a strand of liberal thinking on colonial policy in the s and s, anthropo,ogy tended to regard change as dangerous. The African colonies were stagnating economically. My account of British social anthropology was first published by Penguin Books in under the title Anthropologists and Anthropology.

Liberals warred particularly against the forces of change that had most obviously damaged African interests — white settlement, migrant labour, and so forth.


All of them went on to study with Malinowski and became professional anthropologists. In the face of these pressures the collective institutions of British social anthropology became bastions of conservatism, not to say reaction.


Anthropology and anthropologists forty years on

Ethnic identity was merely an ideological construction. It would be more so if it were not disastrous to anthropology. In the UK, Labour politicians were challenging the colonial system.

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Preparing the third edition I had recognised that my book was anthropoloyy into something of an obituary notice. They set up ministries of overseas development and cast about for academic partners. Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social. Clifford Geertz was renewing the project of anthropologitss anthropology, and refining — and cutting back — the notion of culture.

And yet, of course, the directives were in their way explicit enough, perhaps all the more powerful for being purveyed through indirection and, especially, by way of personal anecdote. The students of Malinowski and Radcliffe-Brown took up the research fellowships and university posts that now became available.

Account Options Sign in. Ethnographies were, at best, tentative essays in the difficulties of inter-cultural communication.

But by no means all the social anthropologists were either conservatives or liberal imperialists. They were prepared to stand up to Malinowski, and he enjoyed provoking them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.