American Anthropology and Company: Historical Explorations (Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology)
By: Stephen O. Murray (author)Hardback
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In American Anthropology and Company, linguist and sociologist Stephen O. Murray explores the connections between anthropology, linguistics, sociology, psychology, and history, in broad-ranging essays on the history of anthropology and allied disciplines. On subjects ranging from Native American linguistics to the pitfalls of American, Latin American, and East Asian fieldwork, among other topics, American Anthropology and Company presents the views of a historian of anthropology interested in the theoretical and institutional connections between disciplines that have always been in conversation with anthropology. Recurring characters include Edward Sapir, Alfred Kroeber, Robert Redfield, W. I. and Dorothy Thomas, and William Ogburn. While histories of anthropology rarely cross disciplinary boundaries, Murray moves in essay after essay toward an examination of the institutions, theories, and social networks of scholars as never before, maintaining a healthy skepticism toward anthropologists' views of their own methods and theories.
Stephen O. Murray is the director of El Instituto Obregon in San Francisco. He is the coauthor of Looking through Taiwan: American Anthropologists' Collusions with Ethnic Domination (Nebraska, 2005) and Boy Wives and Female Husbands, and the author of American Sociolinguistics; Angkor Life; Homosexualities; and other books.
Series Editor's PrefaceIntroductionI. ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOME OF ITS COMPANIONSIntroduction to Part I1. Historical Inferences from Ethnohistorical Data: Boasian Views2. The Manufacture of Linguistic Structure3. Margaret Mead and the Professional Unpopularity of Popularizers4. American Anthropologists Discover Peasants5. The non-eclipse of Americanist anthropology during the 1930s and 40s6. The pre-Freudian Georges Devereux, the post-Freudian Alfred Kroeber, and Mohave sexuality7. Berkeley anthropology during the 1950s8. American anthropologists looking through Taiwanese culture. (with Keelung Hong)II. SOCIOLOGY'S INCREASINGLY UNEASY RELATIONS WITH ANTHROPOLOGYIntroduction to Part II9. W. I. Thomas, behaviorist ethnologist10. The postmaturity of sociolinguistics: Edward Sapir and Personality Studies in the Chicago Department of Sociology11. The reception of anthropological work in American sociology, 1921-195112. The rights of research assistants and the rhetoric of political suppression: Morton Grodzins and the University of California Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement Study13. Resistance to sociology at Berkeley14. Does editing core anthropology and sociology journals increase citations to the editor?Conclusion: Doing history of anthropologyAcknowledgmentsBibliography
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