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Bones, Bodies amd Behavior: Essays in Behavioral Anthropology
edited by George W. Stocking
University of Wisconsin Press, 1990
Cloth: 978-0-299-11250-9 | Paper: 978-0-299-11254-7 | eISBN: 978-0-299-11253-0
Library of Congress Classification GN50.4.B66 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 573/.09

History of Anthropology is a series of annual volumes, inaugurated in 1983, each broadly unified around a theme of major importance to both the history and the present practice of anthropological inquiry. Bones, Bodies, Behavior, the fifth in the series, treats a number of issues relating to the history of biological or physical anthropology: the application of the "race" idea to humankind, the comparison of animals minds to those of humans, the evolution of humans from primate forms, and the relation of science to racial ideology. Following an introductory overview of biological anthropology in Western tradition, the seven essays focus on a series of particular historical episodes from 1830 to 1980: the emergence of the race idea in restoration France, the comparative psychological thought of the American ethnologist Lewis Henry Morgan, the archeological background of the forgery of the remains "discovered" at Piltdown in 1912, their impact on paleoanthropology in the interwar period, the background and development of physical anthropology in Nazi Germany, and the attempts of Franx Boas and others to organize a consensus against racialism among British and American scientists in the late 1930s. The volume concludes with a provocative essay on physical anthropology and primate studies in the United States in the years since such a consensus was established by the UNESCO "Statements on Race" of 1950 and 1951. Bringing together the contributions of a physical anthropologist (Frank Spencer), a historical sociologist (Michael Hammond), and a number of historians of science (Elazar Barkan, Claude Blanckaert, Donna Haraway, Robert Proctor, and Marc Swetlitz), this volume will appeal to a wide range of students, scholars, and general readers interested in the place of biological assumptions in the modern anthropological tradition, in the biological bases of human behavior, in racial ideologies, and in the development of the modern human sciences.

George W. Stocking Jr. is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including Victorian Anthropology, After Tylor: British Social Anthropology, 1888–1951, and The Ethnographer's Magic, and was the founder and long-time editor of the History of Anthropology series published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He has been awarded the Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service by the American Anthropological Association. His most recent book with the University of Wisconsin Press is Delimiting Anthropology: Occasional Inquiries and Reflections.


"Bones, Bodies, Behavior is wonderful--a valuable and exciting contribution to the scientific literature on physical anthropology."--Kenneth A. R. Kennedy, Division of Biological Sciences, Cornell University

    Bones, Bodies, Behavior

    On the Origins of French Ethnography: William Edwards and the Doctrine of Race
    Claude Blanckaert

    The Minds of beavers and the Minds of Humans: Natural Suggestion, Natural Selection, and Experiment in the Work of Lewis Henry Morgan
    Marc Swetlitz

    Prologue to a Scientific Forgery: The British Eolithic Movement from Abbeville to Piltdown
    Frank Spencer

    The Shadow Man Paradigm in Paleoanthropology, 1911–1945
    Michael Hammond

    From Anthropologie to Rassenkunde in the German Anthropological Tradition
    Robert Proctor

    Mobilizing Scientists against Nazi Racism, 1933–1939
    Elazar Barkan

    Remodelling the Human Way of Life: Sherwood Washburn and the New Physical Anthropology, 1950–1980
    Donna J. Haraway


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