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New History of Anthropology

Henrika Kuklick (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22600-0
418 pages
November 2007, ©2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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A New History of Anthropology collects original writings from pre-eminent scholars to create a sophisticated but accessible guide to the development of the field.


  • Re-examines the history of anthropology through the lens of the new globalized world
  • Provides a comprehensive history of the discipline, from its prehistory in the ‘age of exploration’ through to anthropology’s current condition and its relationship with other disciplines
  • Places ideas and practices within the context of their time and place of origin
  • Looks at anthropology’s role in colonization, early traditions in the field, and topical issues from various periods in the field’s history, and examines its relationship to other disciplines
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I: Major Traditions.

II: Early Obsessions.

III: Neglected Pasts.

IV: Biology.

V: New Directions and Perspectives
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Henrika Kuklick is Professor in the Department of History & Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on the history of anthropology. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the History of Science Society, and has served on the editorial Boards of such journals as History of Anthropology; Histories of Anthropology; Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society; and the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. She has also served as the editor for Knowledge and Society, and is currently the editor of the History of Anthropology Newsletter.
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  • Re-examines the history of anthropology through the lens of the new globalized world
  • Provides a comprehensive history of the discipline, from its prehistory in the ‘age of exploration’ through to anthropology’s current condition and its relationship with other disciplines
  • Places ideas and practices within the context of their time and place of origin
  • Looks at anthropology’s complex relationship to colonization, early traditions in the field, and topical issues from various periods in the field’s history, and examines its relationship to other disciplines
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A New History draws together an engaging and illuminating set of case studies that throw anthropology s history into relief and will be of particular use as a teaching resource. (Anthropological Forum, July 2009)

What makes this collection excellent is not just the inventive range of topics but, above all, the sophistication and open-mindedness of the contributors.
Times Higher Education Supplement

This collection of original essays is new not just because it is newly published, but also because it is innovative. Without exception, these essays, contributed by historians and anthropologists, are theoretically sophisticated and historically informed. They constitute an historical sociology and politics of anthropological ideas and practices that illuminate current debates. Editor Kuklick has achieved a consistency and power not often found in varied collections. Essential. Choice

"Kuklick and her contributors, continuing along the revelatory pathway cut by her The Savage Within, open new and illuminating perspectives on familiar terrains while providing detailed and provocative vistas onto hitherto disregarded areas of anthropology."
Glenn Bowman, University of Kent and Editor, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


"This is a wonderfully engaging brave collection of essays that interrogates much of the received wisdom about the history of anthropology. It moves the history of anthropology away from a narrowly British-American focus and engages with the breadth of the discipline in exciting and challenging ways."
Howard Morphy, Australian National University


"A New History of Anthropology provides encyclopedic coverage that is at once fresh and authoritative. Essays on national traditions of anthropology intersect with those organized topically, resulting in some surprising synergies." Richard Handler, University of Virginia and Editor, History of Anthropology

"Kuklick's collection of original essays on the history of anthropology is both comprehensive and accessible. It is refreshingly new, not least her own chapter on British anthropology, which brings her landmark book, The Savage Within, vigorously up-to-date."
Keith Hart, University of London

"In a growing field, Henrika Kuklick and her contributors provide readers with good food for thought and reflection. With its many dimensions, much of this book will remain indispensable for future teaching and research."
Andre Gingrich, Austrian Academy of Sciences

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