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After Tylor
British Social Anthropology, 1888–1951
George W. Stocking, Jr.

Praise for After Tylor:

“This impressively solid, judicious, and authoritative text will surely serve the profession for a long time to come.”
—Michael Young, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

The publication of After Tylor, taken together with Victorian Anthropology, represents a milestone in the historiography of the behavioural sciences.”
—Robert Ackerman, London Review of Books

After Tylor is thus an effort to reconstruct and understand modes of thought which—though hardly discontinuous—were still rather different from our own. In this, it is utterly and completely successful.”
—Robert Alun Jones, American Journal of Sociology

This is magnificent scholarship. Furthermore it proves that a discourse intended to complicate received ideas can also be eminently readable.”
—Michael Herzfeld, American Scientist

Formidable as its scope is, this account is also eminently readable. The layering of each character will ensure that it can be read at all levels of anthropological sophistication.”
—Marilyn Strathern, Times Higher Education Supplement

George W. Stocking, Jr.George W. Stocking, Jr. (1928–2013) was 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 was the author of many books, including Victorian Anthropology 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 was 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 Glimpses into My Own Black Box: An Exercise in Self-Deconstruction.

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January 1996

590 pp.      31 b/w photos    
6 1/8 x 9 1/4

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“There are many reasons that George Stocking is generally recognized as the leading historian of anthropology. His ability to breathe life into the dead is not the least of them.”
—Henry Munson, Jr., Religion

“Few scholarly books of this considerable length deserve to be read from cover to cover, but Stocking’s After Tylor is surely one of them.”
—Tamara Kohn, Metascience

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