According to George Marcus of Rice University, the essays qrepresent the most informative and insightful writings on Malinowski and Boas and their legacies that are yet available.q Beyond their biographical material, the essays here touch upon major themes in the history of anthropology: its powerfully mythic aspect and persistent strain of romantic primitivism; the contradictions of its relationship to the larger sociopolitical sphere; its problematic integration of a variety of natural scientific and humanistic inquiries; and the tension between its scientific aspirations and its subjectively acquired data. To provide an overview against which to read the other essays, Stocking has also included a sketch of the history of anthropology from the ancient Greeks to the present. For this collection, Stocking has written prefatory commentaries for each of the essays, as well as two more extended contextualizing pieces.It must not be forejudged by the easy assumption that one single cultural type provided a standard by which to evaluate ... On the one hand, classification was complicated by the prior experience of the observer; on the other, anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Ethnographer's Magic and Other Essays in the History of Anthropology|
|Author||:||George W. Stocking|
|Publisher||:||Univ of Wisconsin Press - 1992|