Anthropology and Anthropologists: The Modern British School

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On its first publication in 1973 Adam Kuper's entertaining history of half a century of British social anthropology provoked strong reactions. But his often irreverent account soon established itself as one of the introductions to anthropology.
Since the second revised edition was published in 1983, important developments have occurred within British and European anthropology.
This third, enlarged and updated edition responds to these fresh currents. Adam Kuper takes the story up to the present day, and a new final chapter traces the emergence of a modern European social anthropology in contrast with developments in American cultural anthropology over the last two decades.
Anthropology and Anthropologists provides a critical historical account of modern British social anthropology: it describes the careers of the major theorists, their ideas and their contributions in the context of the intellectual and institutional environments in which they worked.

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Adam Kuper is Professor of Human Sciences at Brunel University. He has taught at universities in Uganda, Britain, Sweden, Holland and the United States. He founded the European Association of Social Anthropologists in 1989 and his most recent books are The Invention of Primitive Society (Routledge, 1988), the edited Conceptualizing Society (Routledge, 1992), and The Chosen Primate (1994).

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Its great merit is that it not only describes satisfactorily all major developments in method, theory and controversy, it also gives much biographical and sometimes gossipy information about the persons responsible for those developments.
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