By Jeremy MacClancy

This articulate and authoritative survey of either the preferred and educational tendencies in anthropology demonstrates the extensive 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 thought 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 sought after 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 boundaries 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 photo of the Anthropologist (pages 158–183):
Chapter 7 Parting reviews (pages 184–192):

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These relationships were not merely professional: for instance, both Lang and Stevenson had joined the recently founded Savile Club in Mayfair, London, whose membership was composed of writers, editors, and publishers as well as prominent evolutionary scientists. Julia Reid, in her incisive analysis of Stevenson and contemporary science, argues convincingly that his fascination with and knowledge of “primitive” life, whether in the Scots Highlands or the South Pacific, led him to question evolutionist hierarchies and notions of progress.

Little wonder, then, that some professors, misjudging the extent of their powers, could overstep their authority, as appears to have occurred in the dispute between Evans-Pritchard and Layard (Veale to Masterman, 22 i 1958, UR6/ANT/8, File 1, OUAS). 38 Anthropology in the Public Arena These hegemonic professors had persuaded the major government funding body, the Colonial Social Science Research Council, of the utility of their pursuit. The Council enabled the broad expansion of anthropology by awarding a fat series of grants, especially research studentships.

These histories tend to be written by professional intellectuals, chronicling the theoretical endeavors of those they regard as their intellectual precursors, and are usually written to train students in how to become intellectuals. But their sustained silence about the roles and effects of engaged participants such as Stevenson and Haggard impoverishes that history and, in the process, our own understanding of the development of anthropology. These novelists, though not professional anthropologists, did some fieldwork and contributed to anthropological debates.

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