Significant Others: Interpersonal and Professional Commitments in Anthropology (History of Anthropology)

Significant Others: Interpersonal and Professional Commitments in Anthropology (History of Anthropology)

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0299194701

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Anthropology is by definition about "others," but in this volume the phrase refers not to members of observed cultures, but to "significant others"—spouses, lovers, and others with whom anthropologists have deep relationships that are both personal and professional. The essays in this volume look at the roles of these spouses and partners of anthropologists over the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially their work as they accompanied the anthropologists in the field. Other relationships discussed include those between anthropologists and informants, mentors and students, cohorts and partners, and parents and children. The book closes with a look at gender roles in the field, demonstrated by the "marriage" in the late nineteenth century of the male Anthropological Society of Washington to the Women’s Anthropological Society of America. Revealing relationships that were simultaneously deeply personal and professionally important, these essays bring a new depth of insight to the history of anthropology as a social science and human endeavor.

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boys’ circumcision rites. Vic also lectured at Makerere University in Kampala. But the Gisu fieldwork yielded few results, and it was a project to which they did not return. The 1960s turned out to be more a decade of “writing up.” It was also when the Turners developed their “Thursday Night Seminar,” a kind of alternative classroom experience run out of their living rooms in Ithaca, Chicago, and Charlottesville that involved late nights, heated discussions, alcohol, ritual reenactments, and as

colleagues or students, and he thought ideas were best explored in an environment 32 Matthew Engelke that was as open as possible. Universities, he was slowly coming to realize, could not provide that. They demanded “structure” and bureaucratic responsibility. An alternative came with an offer (one among many) from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Vic took up a professorship in the Committee in 1968, with a joint appointment in the anthropology department. While

political influence on ours. Some political leaders know perfectly well that on the day Tanganyika gains independence, “The TanganyikaMozambique Makonde Union” will be a wedge in place in Portuguese territory and a powerful motive of demands and conflicts with Portugal. (DGD 1960:6) As an appendix to this report, the Dias team reproduced the constitution of the TMMU (53). Critics refer to such passages to substantiate the argument that Dias and his colleagues betrayed the trust of their

hunted and tramped the mountain ranges . . . giving full range to his love of hiking; and all this contributed to mold his philosophy of life and his sense of values. . . . [He and his traveling companions] would visit village after village, tramping with knapsack from one to the other, spending the night in haylofts and country cottages, eating where and how they might, and harried by authorities who, failing to understand what was then virtually unknown in this country, looked upon them with

of work in American linguistics and perhaps the very best expressed one” (KP: AK/NF 2/26/35). Thereafter their correspondence ceased. Kroeber’s commendations notwithstanding, he never took steps to confer the doctoral degree on Freeland. Freeland did not force the issue, but regretted the withheld degree (GA 2001:personal communication). Neither did Kroeber publish her grammar or attempt to place it elsewhere, a project that fell ultimately to Voegelin sixteen years later (Freeland 1951). It is

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