Corridor Talk to Culture History


Corridor Talk to Culture History

Public Anthropology and Its Consequences

Edited by Regna Darnell and Frederic W. Gleach
Histories of Anthropology Annual, Volume 9

Histories of Anthropology Annual Series

284 pages
14 figures, 2 maps


November 2015


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November 2015


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About the Book

The Histories of Anthropology Annual series presents diverse perspectives on the discipline’s history within a global context, with a goal of increasing awareness and use of historical approaches in teaching, learning, and doing anthropology. Critical, comparative, analytical, and narrative studies involving all aspects and subfields of anthropology are included.

This ninth volume of the series, Corridor Talk to Culture History showcases geographic diversity by exploring how anthropologists have presented their methods and theories to the public and in general to a variety of audiences. Contributors examine interpretive and methodological diversity within anthropological traditions often viewed from the standpoint of professional consensus, the ways anthropological relations cross disciplinary boundaries, and the contrast between academic authority and public culture, which is traced to the professionalization of anthropology and other social sciences in the nineteenth century. Essays showcase the research and personalities of Alexander Goldenweiser, Robert Lowie, Harlan I. Smith, Fustel de Coulanges, Edmund Leach, Carl Withers, and Margaret Mead, among others.

Author Bio

Regna Darnell is the Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and First Nations Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She is the author of Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology (Nebraska, 2001); coeditor of Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1: Franz Boas as Public Intellectual—Theory, Ethnography, Activism (Nebraska, 2015); and general editor of the multivolume series, the Franz Boas Papers Documentary Edition. Frederic W. Gleach is a senior lecturer of anthropology and the curator of the Anthropology Collections at Cornell University. He is the author of Powhatan’s World and Colonial Virginia: A Conflict of Cultures (Nebraska, 1997).


“This volume is part of an excellent series on the history of anthropology. There is no current series like it, and the editors are among the best scholars in this field.”—Paul Shankman, author of The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy

“Well worth the reading. It is a valuable addition to the genre.”—Frank A. Salamone, author of Charlie Parker: The Trickster of Jazz

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editors’ Introduction
1. The Falling-Out between Alexander Goldenweiser and Robert Lowie: Two Personalities, Two Visions of Anthropology
Sergei Kan
2. Forms of Relatedness: Harlan Smith and the Taxonomic Method
Dorothee Schreiber
3. Echoes of the Class Struggle in France: Exoticism, Religion, and Politics in Fustel de Coulanges’s The Ancient City
Robert Launay
4. “I Have Not Advanced a Single Theory”: Mayan Ruins, Popular Culture, and Academic Authority in 19th-Century America
Fernando Armstrong-Fumero
5. Edmund Leach and the Rise of Cultural Polyvocality: A Case Study from the Ulúa Valley, Honduras
Kathryn M. Hudson
6. Anthropology in Cuba
Leif Korsbaek and Marcela Barrios Luna
7. An Unfinished Ethnography: Carl Withers’s Cuban Fieldwork and the Book That Never Was
Jorge L. Giovannetti
8. Reading “The Redbook Columns”
Susan R. Trencher

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