Interpersonal and Professional Commitments in Anthropology
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Anthropology’s Other Others
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Anthropology is by definition about “significant others,” with the word “others” (often, “Others”) standing for cultural alterity, as anthropologists understand it. In the title of the present volume, however, “significant others” refers otherwise, drawing on the meaning of the phrase in recent middlebrow American English: “spouses and lovers.” When we look at institutionalized anthropology from the end of the nineteenth to...
“The Endless Conversation”: Fieldwork, Writing, and the Marriage of Victor and Edith Turner
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In 1975, Edith Turner described herself in a biographical note to the feminist literary magazine Primavera as “an (unofficial) anthropological fieldworker” who had done “quite a lot of research in Africa” (1975c:91). She had been working with her husband, the well-known...
Inverting the Camel’s Hump: Jorge Dias, His Wife, Their Interpreter, and I
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I had been in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado only a day when my initial research contact, the director of the provincial nucleus of the cultural archives, told me that he had arranged for me to meet Rafael Mwakala. When I asked who Mwakala...
The Director as Significant Other: Max Gluckman and Team Fieldwork at the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute
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Max Gluckman, the well-known South African social anthropologist, conducted extensive fieldwork in South Africa and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) from the mid-1930s to 1947. In 1941, he became the second director of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute...
Boasian Cosmographic Anthropology and the Sociocentric Component of Mind
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Six years after his Kiel dissertation on psychophysics, Franz Boas, at the age of 29, and inspired by Alexander von Humboldt, announced in his famous 1887 paper, “The study of geography,” the epistemological program of Boasian “cosmographic”...
Jaime de Angulo and Alfred Kroeber: Bohemians and Bourgeois in Berkeley Anthropology
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After recounting an incident of “stench and scandal” involving anthropology faculty and graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley in 1926, Alfred Kroeber concluded that “every month passed makes me more unrelenting to Jaime” (KP:AK/B. Rudovic Pinner 5/9/26). Some twenty-five years later, Jaime de Angulo...
A. I. Hallowell’s Boasian Evolutionism: Human Ir/rationality in Cross-Cultural, Evolutionary, and Personal Context
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When Anne Roe wrote inviting him to participate in her study, Alfred Irving Hallowell (then known to colleagues as “Pete”) had six weeks before given his presidential address to the American Anthropological Association.2 Entitled “Personality Structure and...
It Was No “Pink Tea”: Gender and American Anthropology, 1885–1903
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On June 8, 1885, ten women convened in the home of Washington ethnologist Matilda Coxe Stevenson to inaugurate the Women’s Anthropological Society of America (WASA). They welcomed all women “clear in thought, logical in mental processes, exact in expression, and earnest in the search for truth” to contribute to anthropology and...
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Publication Year: 2004