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 well known anthropology in forming and maintaining the pro discipline
- Explores the prior and current cross-fertilization of anthropologists, scientists and favourite literary figures
- Assesses the pioneering efforts on-line to boost the function of anthropology in public debates
- Appeals to a broader readership attracted to cultural and highbrow history
Chapter 1 Beating the limits 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 statement (pages 135–157):
Chapter 6 The Literary picture of the Anthropologist (pages 158–183):
Chapter 7 Parting reviews (pages 184–192):
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Anthropology in the Public Arena: Historical and Contemporary Contexts by Jeremy MacClancy