Synopses & Reviews
Romantic Motives explores a topic that has been underemphasized in the historiography of anthropology. Tracking the Romantic strains in the the writings of Rousseau, Herder, Cushing, Sapir, Benedict, Redfield, Mead, Lévi-Strauss, and others, these essays show Romanticism as a permanent and recurrent tendency within the anthropological tradition.
What can be said about the ethnographic concern with 'Romantic sensibility' that counterpoints anthropologys more dominant image of itself as a scientific discourse? . . . The editor of this fascinating collection notes that responding to this challenge is a more timely enterprise than might at first appear. In his long, concluding essay on the dualism of the anthropological tradition, Stocking [explores] ethnographic sensibility in three studies of the 1920s that later became the focus of famous controversies: Ruth Benedict on Pueblo culture; Robert Redfield on Tepoztlan; and Margaret Mead on Samoa. Romantic Motives maintains the high scholarly standards of this series."Choice
About the Author
George W. 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 editor of the History of Anthropology series published by the University of Wisconsin Press and the author of After Tylor: British Social Anthropology, 1888-1951; Victorian Anthropology; Race, Culture, and Evolution; and The Ethnographers Magic. In 1993, he was awarded the Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.