American Anthropology and Company


American Anthropology and Company

Historical Explorations

Stephen O. Murray

Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology Series

400 pages
3 figures, 11 tables


June 2013


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About the Book

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.

Author Bio

Stephen O. Murray is the director of El Instituto Obregón 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.


"[American Anthropology and Company] is a solid contribution to the history of American anthropology with a salutary approach to interdisciplinarity."—Jeremy MacClancy, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface

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)

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


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