Race, Culture, and Evolution: Essays in the History of Anthropology

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University of Chicago Press, 1968 - Social Science - 380 pages
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"We have, at long last, a real historian with real historical skills and no intra-professional ax to grind. . . . All these pieces show the virtues one finds missing in . . . nearly all of anthropological history work but [Stocking's]: extensive and critical use of archival sources, tracing of real rather than merely plausible intellectual connections, and contextualization of ideas and movements in terms of broader social and cultural currents. Stocking writes very clearly; attacks important topics—race and evolution, the influence of scientism, the interaction between anthropology and other disciplines; and is methodologically very sophisticated. Though his main theme is the development of racialism and of opposition to it, his book bears on a range of issues very much alive in anthropology. . . . I would think no apprentice anthropologist ought to be pronounced a journeyman until he or she has absorbed what Stocking has to say."—Clifford Geertz, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  

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Contents

On the Limits of Presentism and Historicism in the Historiography of the Behavioral Sciences
2
French Anthropology in 1800
14
The Persistence of Polygenist Thought in PostDarwinian Anthropology
43
Matthew Arnold E B Tylor and the Uses of Invention
70
Cultural Darwinism and Philosophical Idealism in E B Tylor
92
The DarkSkinned Savage The Image of Primitive Man in Evolutionary Anthropology
111
From Physics to Ethnology
134
The Critique of Racial Formalism
162
Franz Boas and the Culture Concept in Historical Perspective
196
Lamarckianism in American Social Science 18901915
235
The Scientific Reaction Against Cultural Anthropology 19171920
271
Appendix
310
List of Abbreviations
311
Notes
313
Index
366
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George W. Stocking, Jr., is Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago.


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