teaching history of anthropology

Candice Bradley (Candice.Bradley@LAWRENCE.EDU)
Fri, 19 May 1995 15:41:25 -0600

In response to Joseph O'Neal's querry about readings for an
undergraduate history of anthropology course, I suggest Henrika Kuklick's _The
Savage Within: The Social History of British Anthropology, 1885-1945_. Riki
Kuklick is an historian of science at Penn, and this book places the
development of professional anthropology (British version) into a wonderful
colonial context. The language is a little highbrow but if the students in
your class are intelligent they will appreciate it whether or not they ever
become professional anthropologists. Some chapters are better than others. I
love the discussions of Malinowski, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the IAI,
and Kuklick's suggestion that anthropology really wasn't much of a handmaiden
of colonialism in Africa because colonial officers basically ignored them as
well as their enlightened concerns for the people they studied. The other side
of this, of course, was the way certain British anthropologists manipulated
their funding sources under the guise of providing so-called useful information
for the colonial governments. Indeed, what they really wanted to do was basic

If the reading is above the students' level, it would make good background
reading for the prof.

Candice Bradley