Hist anthro/thanks

Matthew Cooper (cooper@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 09:13:52 +0059

on the history of anthropology. Many recommended Bohannan & Glazer, often
along with Garbarino's very brief introduction. Others tended to prefer
collections of more contemporary essays (e.g. Stocking's) mixed with some
primary texts. An interesting suggestion that I am thinking about for the
future is to make the course a social history of anth, rather than the
intellectual history that I have tended to do. Someone else wondered if
the history of anth made sense to students only after they knew a fair
bit about contemporary theory. That's likely true. Another way of
thinking about it, which we seem to have adopted, is that teaching the
hist of anth at an early stage is useful as part of a core curriculum for
majors who tend to do most of their course work in one of the four fields.

Matthew Cooper