The Saga of Anthropology in China: From Malinowski to Moscow to Mao

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THE SAGA OF
ANTHROPOLOGY
IN CHINA

" The Saga of Anthropology in China is an intimate examination of the development of the anthropological disciplines in China. Guldin shows both the diverse personalities that shaped this rocky history and the rivalry among the various institutions involved. Anthropology from the outset was derivative of Western thought and the controversies between the American and the several European centers of theory are played in the Chinese arena.

"This examination of the development of anthropology is more than mere history. For Greg Guldin has shown us how the political turmoil that has characterized China's twentieth century has shaped the anthropological landscape there."

Walter Goldschmidt, UCLA

"This is the first book to comprehensively study the development of the four fields of anthropology in China. It explicates both the political and social contexts of anthropology's trials and tribulations during the different periods of its growth in our country, and evaluates the field's accomplishments. At the same time, this work is noteworthy for its detailed exposition of the discipline's structural organization, its historical origins, and its changes over time. Most remarkable, however, was the author's success in gathering precious first-hand materials culled from intensive interviews with the founding and succeeding generations of the fields of anthropology in China."

Huang Shuping, Zhongshan University

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