One Discipline, Four Ways: British, German, French, and American Anthropology by Fredrik Barth

One Discipline, Four Ways: British, German, French, and American Anthropology

byFredrik Barth, Andre Gingrich, Robert Parkin

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One Discipline, Four Ways offers the first book-length introduction to the history of each of the four major traditions in anthropology—British, German, French, and American. The result of lectures given by distinguished anthropologists Fredrik Barth, Andre Gingrich, Robert Parkin, and Sydel Silverman to mark the foundation of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, this volume not only traces the development of each tradition but considers their impact on one another and assesses their future potentials.

Moving from E. B. Taylor all the way through the development of modern fieldwork, Barth reveals the repressive tendencies that prevented Britain from developing a variety of anthropological practices until the late 1960s. Gingrich, meanwhile, articulates the development of German anthropology, paying particular attention to the Nazi period, of which surprisingly little analysis has been offered until now. Parkin then assesses the French tradition and, in particular, its separation of theory and ethnographic practice. Finally, Silverman traces the formative influence of Franz Boas, the expansion of the discipline after World War II, and the "fault lines" and promises of contemporary anthropology in the United States.

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Fredrik Barth is research fellow at the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and professor of anthropology at Boston University. Andre Gingrich is professor in the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and head of the Anthropology Unit at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Robert Parkin is departmental lec...
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Title:One Discipline, Four Ways: British, German, French, and American AnthropologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:June 15, 2005Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Chris Hann
Britain and the Commonwealth by Fredrik Barth
1. The Rise of Anthropology in Britain, 1830-1898
2. From the Torres Straits to the Argonauts, 1898-1922
3. Malinowski and Radcliffe-Brown, 1920-1945
4. The Golden Age, 1945-1970
5. Enduring Legacies of the British Tradition
The German-Speaking Countries by Andre Gingrich
1. Prelude and Overture: From Early Travelogues to German Enlightenment
2. From the Nationalist Birth of Volkskunde to the Establishment of Academic Diffusionism: Branching Off from the International Mainstream
3. From the Late Imperial Era to the End of the Republican Interlude: Creative Subaltern Tendencies, Larger and Smaller Schools of Anthropology
4. German Anthropology during the Nazi Period: Complex Scenarios of Collaboration, Persecution, and Competition
5. Anthropology in Four German-Speaking Countries: Key Elements of Post-World War II Developments to 1989
The French-Speaking Countries by Robert Parkin
1. Pre-Durkheimian Origins
2. Durkheim and His Era
3. Mauss, Other Durkheimians, and Interwar Developments
4. Structuralism and Marxism
5. Practice, Hierarchy, and Postmodernism
The United States by Sydel Silverman
1. The Boasians and the Invention of Cultural Anthropology
2. Postwar Expansion, Materialisms, and Mentalisms
3. Bringing Anthropology into the Modern World
4. Rebellions and Reinventions
5. American Anthropology at the End of the Century
References
Index

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"A monumental contribution to understanding some key moments in the shaping of anthropology, as well as points where it might proceed in the future. Also, it is presented here as a series of stories, in the best narrative tradition of scholars who know how to address a general public. . . . A true jewel of the anthropological scholarship--provocative for practitioners and informative for students."