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Methodology & History in Anthropology
Teamwork, Travel and the ''Science of Man''
Edited by Martin Thomas and Amanda Harris
330 pages, 39 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-772-7 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (January 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-773-4 eBook
“This distinctive volume represents a genuinely interesting set of contributions to scholarship in anthropology, literary studies, history, and the history of science.” · Nicholas Thomas, University of Cambridge
“Scholars of exploration and the history of anthropology will find this book very useful—the approach put forward by Thomas and Harris is novel and important.” · Michael F. Robinson, University of Hartford
The origins of anthropology lie in expeditionary journeys. But since the rise of immersive fieldwork, usually by a sole investigator, the older tradition of team-based social research has been largely eclipsed. Expeditionary Anthropology argues that expeditions have much to tell us about anthropologists and the people they studied. The book charts the diversity of anthropological expeditions and analyzes the often passionate arguments they provoked. Drawing on recent developments in gender studies, indigenous studies, and the history of science, the book argues that even today, the ‘science of man’ is deeply inscribed by its connections with expeditionary travel.
Martin Thomas is Associate Professor of History at the Australian National University. He has written extensively about anthropology, exploration, and cross-cultural contact. His publications include The Many Worlds of R. H. Mathews: In Search of an Australian Anthropologist (2011) and Expedition into Empire: Exploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World (2015), with the former winning the National Biography Award of Australia.
Amanda Harris is a cultural historian at the University of Sydney whose research explores intercultural exchange, gender, and the performing arts. Amanda’s edited book Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media was published in 2014 and her research has also appeared in Women and Music, History and Anthropology, Women’s History Review and Australian Historical Studies.
Subject: General Anthropology General History General Mobility Studies
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Introduction: Anthropology and the Expeditionary Imaginary: An Introduction to the Volume
Martin Thomas and Amanda Harris
PART I: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE FIELD: INTERMEDIARIES AND EXCHANGE
Chapter 1. Assembling the Ethnographic Field: The 1901-02 Expedition of Baldwin Spencer and Francis Gillen
Chapter 2. Receiving guests: The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Strait 1898
Chapter 3. Donald Thomson’s Hybrid Expeditions: Anthropology, Biology and Narrative in Northern Australia and England
PART II: EXPLORATION, ARCHAEOLOGY, RACE AND EMERGENT ANTHROPOLOGY
Chapter 4. Looking at Culture through an Artist’s Eyes: William Henry Holmes and the Exploration of Native American Archaeology
Chapter 5. The Anomalous Blonds of the Maghreb: Carleton Coon Discovers the African Nordics
Chapter 6. Medium, Genre, Indigenous Presence: Spanish Expeditionary Encounters in the Mar del Sur, 1606
Chapter 7. Ethnographic Inquiry on Phillip Parker King’s Hydrographic Survey
PART III: THE QUESTION OF GENDER
Chapter 8. Gender and the Expedition: Anthropologist Elsie Clews Parsons and the Politics of Fieldwork in the Americas in the 1920s and 1930s
Chapter 9. What Has Been Forgotten? The Discourses of Margaret Mead and The American Museum of Natural History Sepik Expedition
Chapter 10. Gender, Science and Imperial Drive: Margaret McArthur on Two Expeditions in the 1940s
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