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Ethnographers Before Malinowski
Pioneers of Anthropological Fieldwork, 1870-1922
Edited by Frederico Delgado Rosa and Han F. Vermeulen
Foreword by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
540 pages, 29 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-531-6 $179.00/£132.00 / Hb / Published (June 2022)
ISBN 978-1-80539-148-7 $45.00/£36.00 / Pb / Published (February 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-566-9 eBook
“This volume, its contributing authors, and the fieldworkers and ethnographies they restore constitute a creative, necessary resistance to iconoclastic, postcolonial assaults on anthropology. Highly recommended.” • Choice
“This collection is an important event in the subfield of history of anthropology. Its editors, two well-known European scholars, have assembled an impressive collection of essays … It should be in the library of every major university.” • Andrew Lyons, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
Focusing on some of the most important ethnographers in early anthropology, this volume explores twelve defining works in the foundational period from 1870 to 1922. It challenges the assumption that intensive fieldwork and monographs based on it emerged only in the twentieth century. What has been regarded as the age of armchair anthropologists was in reality an era of active ethnographic fieldworkers, including women practitioners and Indigenous experts. Their accounts have multiple layers of meaning, style, and content that deserve fresh reading. This reference work is a vital source for rewriting the history of anthropology.
Frederico Delgado Rosa is lecturer at NOVA University, Lisbon (Portugal) and a researcher in the history of anthropology at CRIA Centre for Research in Anthropology (Lisbon) and HERITAGES (Paris). He is the author, among other works, of Exploradores portugueses e reis africanos [Portuguese Explorers and African Kings], with Filipe Verde (A Esfera dos Livros, 2013). He is codirector, with Christine Laurière, of BEROSE International Encyclopedia of the Histories of Anthropology.
Han F. Vermeulen is Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany, specializing in the history and theory of anthropology. He is author or editor of a dozen books, including Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), which was listed by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as one of the most important books of 2016 and was awarded the ICAS Book Prize 2017 by the International Convention of Asia Scholars.
Subject: Anthropology (General)History (General)Colonial History
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