Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic and contemporary readings contains in-depth commentary in introductions and notes to help guide students through excerpts of seminal anthropological works. The commentary provides the background information needed to understand each article, its central concepts, and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written.
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Internal divisions developed out of conflicting economic and political agendas,
frictions over appropriate methods for safeguarding European privilege and
power, competing criteria for reproducing a colonial elite and for restricting its
membership.5 This latter, the colonial politics of exclusion, was contingent on
constructing categories, legal and social classifications designating who was "
white," who was "native," who could become a citizen rather than a subject, which
children were ...
colonial communities and their wider political structures. Part I examines the
colonial debates over European family formation, over the relationship between
subversion and sex in an effort to trace how evaluations of concubinage, morality
and white prestige more generally were altered by new tensions within colonial
cultures and by new challenges to imperial rule. Part II examines what I call the "
cultural hygiene" of colonialism. Focusing on the early 20th century as a break
This undercut same European workers' opposition to colonial administration.
New laws and policies curtailed native transgression of social and sexual
boundaries, and women became responsible for guarding this separation.
Despite this, European women were frequently blamed for overfamiliarity and
provocation of native sexuality. They too were under constant surveillance and
often had to obey rigid codes of chivalry. Nonetheless, women did frequently
work in the colonies, but ...
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