The Making of British Anthropology, 1813-1871

The Making of British Anthropology, 1813-1871

by Efram Sera-Shriar

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The Making of British Anthropology, 1813-1871 by Efram Sera-Shriar

Victorian anthropology has been derided as an "armchair practice," distinct from the scientific discipline of the twentieth century. But the observational practices that characterized the study of human diversity developed from the established sciences of natural history, geography and medicine. Sera-Shriar argues that anthropology at this time went through a process of innovation which built on scientifically grounded observational study. Far from being an evolutionary dead end, nineteenth-century anthropology laid the foundations for the field-based science of anthropology today.

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ISBN-13: 9780822981732
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Series: Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Cover Half Title Title Copyright Contents Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction 1. Founding the Sciences of Man: The Observational Practices of James Cowles Prichard and William Lawrence 2. Ethnology in Transit: Informants, Questionnaires and the Formation of the Ethnological Society of London 3. Ethnology at Home: Robert Gordon Latham, Robert Knox and Competing Observational Practices 4. The Battle for Mankind: James Hunt, Thomas Huxley and the Emergence of British Anthropology 5. Synthesizing the Discipline: Charles Darwin, Edward Burnett Tylor and Developmental Anthropology in the Early 1870s Conclusion Notes Works Cited Index

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