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 Preface Introduction I. ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOME OF ITS COMPANIONS Introduction to Part I 1. Historical Inferences from Ethnohistorical Data: Boasian Views 2. The Manufacture of Linguistic Structure 3. Margaret Mead and the Professional Unpopularity of Popularizers 4. American Anthropologists Discover Peasants 5. The non-eclipse of Americanist anthropology during the 1930s and 40s 6. The pre-Freudian Georges Devereux, the post-Freudian Alfred Kroeber, and Mohave sexuality 7. Berkeley anthropology during the 1950s 8. American anthropologists looking through Taiwanese culture. (with Keelung Hong) II. SOCIOLOGY'S INCREASINGLY UNEASY RELATIONS WITH ANTHROPOLOGY Introduction to Part II 9. W. I. Thomas, behaviorist ethnologist 10. The postmaturity of sociolinguistics: Edward Sapir and Personality Studies in the Chicago Department of Sociology 11. The reception of anthropological work in American sociology, 1921-1951 12. The rights of research assistants and the rhetoric of political suppression: Morton Grodzins and the University of California Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement Study 13. Resistance to sociology at Berkeley 14. Does editing core anthropology and sociology journals increase citations to the editor? Conclusion: Doing history of anthropology Acknowledgments Bibliography