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Observers Observed: Essays on Ethnographic Fieldwork


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History of Anthropology is a new series of annual volumes, each of which will treat an important theme in the history of anthropological inquiry. For this initial volume, the editors have chosen to focus on the modern cultural anthropology: intensive fieldwork by "participant observation." Observers Observed includes essays by a distinguished group of historians and anthropologists covering major episodes in the history of ethnographic fieldwork in the American, British, and French traditions since 1880. As the first work to investigate the development of modern fieldwork in a serious historical way, this collection will be of great interest and value to anthropologist, historians of science and the social sciences, and the general readers interested in the way in which modern anthropologists have perceived and described the cultures of "others." Included in this volume are the contributions of Homer G. Barnett, University of Oregon; James Clifford, University of California, Santa Cruz; Douglas Cole, Simon Frazer University; Richard Handler, Lake Forest College; Curtis Hinsley, Colgate University; Joan Larcom, Mount Holyoke College; Paul Rabinow, University of California, Berkeley; and the editor.

About the Author

George W. Stocking, Jr., editor of this volume, is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Morris Fishbein Center for the Study of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago. Since the appearance of his Race, Culture, and Evolution: Essays in the History of Anthropology in 1968, he has been the author of numerous articles and reviews in this field, and has edited three other books, including The Shaping of American Anthropology, 1883-1911: A Franz Boas Reader. His recent research has concentrated on the development of modern British social anthropology.

Table of Contents

History of Anthropology: Whence/Whither

"The Value of a Person Lies in His Herzensbildung": Franz Boas Baffin Island Letter-Diary, 1883–1884

Douglas Cole

Ethnographic Charisma and Scientific Routine: Cushing and Fewkes in the American Southwest, 1879–1893

Curtis Hinsley

The Ethnographers Magic: Fieldwork in British Anthropology from Tylor to Malinowski

George W. Stocking, Jr.

Power and Dialogue in Ethnography: Marcel Griaules Initiation

James Clifford

Learning about Culture: Reconstruction, Participation, Administration, 1934–1954

Homer G. Barnett

Following Deacon: The Problem of Ethnographic Reanalysis, 1926–1981

Joan Larcom

"Facts Are a Word of God": An Essay Review

Paul Rabinow

Miscellaneous Studies

The Dainty and the Hungry Man: Literature and Anthropology in the Work of Edward Sapir

Richard Handler

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Stocking, George W., Jr.
University of Wisconsin Press
Stocking, George W., Jr.
Stocking, George W., Jr.
Stocking, George W., Jr.
Anthropology - Cultural
Anthropology - General
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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History of Anthropology
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9 x 6 in

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