Adam Kuper. Anthropology and anthropologists: the British school in the twentieth century. London: Routledge. xvii + pp. Anthropology and anthropologists forty years on. Adam Kuper. I. My account of British social anthropology was first published by Penguin Books in under. On its first publication in Adam Kuper’s entertaining history of half a century of British social anthropology provoked strong reactions. But his often irreverent.

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Anthropology and Anthropologists: The Modern British School by Adam Kuper

A different social anthropology emerged in the post-colonial world. This was not straightforward. He took his first degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Others teamed up with progressive colonial officials: Ten years after its first publication it was reissued by Routledge.

They engage with European concerns about immigration and ethnicity, but many do fieldwork in societies beyond Europe. Yet kper panicked when the university decided to establish a department of sociology.

New universities were created. Instead, he was forcibly retired in latejust after the census date for publications submitted to the Research Assessment Exercise had passed. His doctorate, from the University of Cambridgewas based on field research in the Kalahari desert in what is now Botswana. Retrieved from ” https: Bronislaw Malinowski worked in Melanesia, about which Rivers had written his abthropologists, and he once boasted that if Rivers had been the Rider Haggard of anthropology, he would be its Conrad.


He has supervised many PhD students on Southern African ethnography, history of anthropology, family business, and kinship.

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Anthropology and anthropologists forty years on

Thus their sorcery, condemned by the missionary and the administrator, was shown to be a conservative force supporting their political and legal system.

In order to make sense of their world, even the most conservative and apparently isolated people appeal to shifting frames of reference.

Firth changed his tune when he landed a big role in the Colonial Social Science Research Council, but the purist line was asserted even more strongly in Oxford.

London School of Economics and Political Science. In the meantime some matters became clearer to me. Young fogeys in the Oxford faction of social anthropology were even more splenetic.

The orthodoxies were pummelled, the old authorities ridiculed. In Malinowski and the International African Institute launched a research fellowship programme funded by a Rockefeller family foundation.

This deplorable state of affairs is likely to go on, because it shows something deeper than making use of opportunities for helping anthropology. The old school was not with the movement. Anthropology and Anthropologists provides a critical historical account of modern British social anthropology: Kinship was a symbolic statement about shared identity, not a system of working connections on which people depended for dear life.

The African colonies were stagnating economically. One of his associates, Ronald Frankenberg, did fieldwork in Wales and published an overview, Communities in Britainin Since the second revised edition was published inimportant developments have occurred within British and European anthropology.

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Anyway, young, heedless, and rather hard-up, I took it on, interviewed the more cooperative of the elders and organized a seminar series at which several of them were persuaded to reminisce. Anthopology retrospect I can see that the emotional reaction had something to do with the fact that the book was published at a moment of transition in British social anthropology.

Two or three nathropology deliberately obstructive. Very nearly all research funding in the human sciences is directed to the study of the inhabitants of North America and the European Union. There was a shift to a more personal politics, a politics of identity and representation. Ania Orehek rated it liked it Sep 21, But this initial choice entailed an intellectual orientation as well.

I remember Edmund Leach returning from a holiday in Portugal in the early s and reporting that he had seen peasants ploughing with bullocks. Someone should go out and study them.