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

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

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

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

Synopsis

The Saga of Anthropology in China traces the development of and turmoil surrounding the discipline of anthropology during the tumultuous events of twentieth-century Chinese history. Narrating the growth of anthropology and its allied sciences, this book provides the reader with insights into the construction of national academic structures and the all too frequent reliance of Third World nations on foreign models and money. Against this sweeping historical background the author humanizes the saga by pausing repeatedly to consider the effect national and international trends had on the life and care of a single scholar, Liang Zhaotao of Zhongshan University. His is a story of relevance for all who are concerned not only with China or anthropology, but with the development of independent structures of knowledge outside the great intellectual centers of the West.
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