After Tylor: British Social Anthropology, 1888-1951

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University of Wisconsin Press, 1998 - Social Science - 570 pages
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Stocking emphasizes the interplay of ethnographic data and anthropological theory, offering a richly detailed account of the lives and works of a series of influential figures, both well remembered and lesser known, against a background of overseas colonial concerns and domestic intellectual ferment. Taking as its starting point a major comparative essay published in 1888 by Edward Burnett Tylor, the reigning patriarch of evolutionary anthropology, the book examines the developing tension between the social evolutionary paradigm and the ethnographic data collected by British missionaries in Australia (Lorimer Fison) and Melanesia (Robert Henry Codrington) and the attempts by second-generation evolutionary theorists (Robertson Smith and Andrew Lang) to treat the growth of religion in less purely rationalistic terms than those of Tylor's animism.

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George Stocking, Jr., is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the founding editor of the History of Anthropology series and author of Ethnographer’s Magic, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Winner of the 1993 Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, he is also the author of Victorian Anthropology.

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