After Tylor: British Social Anthropology 1888-1951

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After Tylor will take pride of place among histories of British social anthropology. Its scope, its accessibility, and its relevance to the history of anthropology as a whole should bring it many readers. Stocking is attentive to institutional circumstances and developments not only in Great Britain, but also in the United States and Australia and elsewhere. He brings into view as well the life circumstances and personal connections of the actors. Almost anyone, perhaps everyone, will learn something from this book.Dell Hymes, University of Virginia, Charlottesville Original, comprehensive, and eminently readable. George Stocking is the leading authority on the history of both American and British anthropology during this period. Here he contributes importantly to the unravelling and and unfolding story of the relationships among evolutionary, diffusionist, and functional anthropology and anthropologists, arguing that there is considerable continuity from Tylor-the-evolutionist to Radcliffe-Brown-the-structural-functionalist. But he also argues that the story is more complex and open-ended. He reintroduces figures outside the canon, such as those who contributed to the making of paradigms in the study of kinship and religion.Joan Vincent, Columbia University

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George W. Stocking, Jr., is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago. He is editor of the History of Anthropology series published by the University of Wisconsin Press and the author of Victorian Anthropology; Race, Culture, and Evolution; and The Ethnographers Magic. In 1993, he was awarded the Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

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"This impressively solid, judicious, and authoritative text will surely serve the profession for a long time to come."—Michael Young, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences



"The publication of After Tylor, taken together with Victorian Anthropology, represents a milestone in the historiography of the behavioural sciences."—Robert Ackerman, London Review of Books



"After Tylor is thus an effort to reconstruct and understand modes of thought which—though hardly discontinuous—were still rather different from our own. In this, it is utterly and completely successful."—Robert Alun Jones, American Journal of Sociology



"This is magnificent scholarship. Furthermore it proves that a discourse intended to complicate received ideas can also be eminently readable.”—Michael Herzfeld, American Scientist



“Formidable as its scope is, this account is also eminently readable. The layering of each character will ensure that it can be read at all levels of anthropological sophistication."—Marilyn Strathern, Times Higher Education Supplement



"There are many reasons that George Stocking is generally recognized as the leading historian of anthropology. His ability to breathe life into the dead is not the least of them." —Henry Munson, Jr., Religion



"Few scholarly books of this considerable length deserve to be read from cover to cover, but Stocking's After Tylor is surely one of them."—Tamara Kohn, Metascience

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