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Other Argonauts: Ethnographers Before Malinowski, 1870-1922

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Other Argonauts

Ethnographers Before Malinowski, 1870-1922

Edited by Frederico Delgado Rosa and Han F. Vermeulen

Foreword by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

560 pages, 29 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-531-6 $179.00/£132.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (June 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-532-3 eBook Not Yet Published

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“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


At a time when anthropologists claim new ethnographic experiences, a second chance should be given to older ethnographic texts. Recovering monographs produced c.1870-1922 that dispute canonic models of writing culture, the present volume challenges the assumption that fieldwork carried out within a single context by a single individual, with its corresponding output, the monograph, was a twentieth-century invention. Instead of reproducing the hasty judgment that earlier ethnographies were miscellaneous compilations of odds and ends, we should reassess them with an open mind, each account containing layers of meaning, style, and content that inspire new readings.

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).

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 editor or co-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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