Considering the anthropological ideas current in Britain between 1885 and 1945, this book explores the relationship between social scientific ideas and behaviour. Professor Kuklick shows how the descriptions British anthropologists produced about the peoples of exotic culture can be translated into commentaries on their own society. Read as such, the anthropology of the period covered by the book represents an appeal for a society that rewards individuals on the basis of talent and achievement, not inherited status; a brief for the welfare state, which is obliged to care for those whom circumstances have prevented from taking care of themselves; and a plea for tolerance of cultural diversity based on observation of a range of ways of life that satisfy human needs and desires. The book also shows how anthropological insight informed consideration of specific problems: e.g. womens' rights, the Irish problem and colonisation.Read more
- Interdisciplinarian appeal to anthropologists, sociologists, historians of ideas and social historians of 20th century Britain
- Hardback published 1992
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- Date Published: October 1993
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521457392
- length: 340 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 153 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.458kg
- contains: 20 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Through the looking glass
2. Scholars and practical men
3. Civilization and its satisfactions
4. The savage within
5. The colonial exchange
6. Of councillors and kings
7. The politics of perception
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