Local Knowledge, Global Stage

Local Knowledge, Global Stage

Local Knowledge, Global Stage

Local Knowledge, Global Stage


The Histories of Anthropology Annual presents localized perspectives on the discipline's history within a global context, with a goal of increasing awareness and use of historical approaches in teaching, learning, and conducting anthropology.

This tenth volume of the series, Local Knowledge, Global Stage, examines worldwide historical trends of anthropology ranging from the assertion that all British anthropology is a study of the Old Testament to the discovery of the untranslated shorthand notes of pioneering anthropologist Franz Boas. Other topics include archival research into the study of Vancouver Island's indigenous languages, explorations of the Christian notion of virgin births in Edward Tylor's The Legend of Perseus, and the Canadian government's implementation of European-model farms as a way to undermine Native culture. In addition to Boas and Tylor, the essays explore the research and personalities of Susan Golla, Edwin Sydney Hartland, and others.


This volume rounds off what would have been a decade of Histories of Anthropology Annual if we had met the ideal in producing an annual volume. in actuality it has taken a couple of extra years to reach this point. HoAA began in the book division at the University of Nebraska Press, then moved to the journals portfolio, and then returned to the book division with a renewed emphasis on the stand-alone character of each volume. Each volume now has a unique title, albeit still within the mandate of HoAA to provide an outlet for work in the history of anthropology broadly defined and directed to an audience of anthropologists.

Volume 10 is further distinguished as a watershed in the discipline in that we have recently lost two of our founding elders: George W. Stocking Jr. and Henrika Kuklick. the legacies of both live on in the work of their students and others they influenced. We particularly remember George as the founding father of a specialization in the history of anthropology combining disciplinary subject matter with historicist standards of archival research. Although trained in history, he became an honorary member of the anthropological tribe after his move to the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology in 1969. Stocking’s own thematic series, History of Anthropology, from the University of Wisconsin Press produced eight volumes under his editorship (each containing a seminal essay of his own), three more edited by Richard Handler, and a final volume that was Stocking’s own (remarkably ethnographic) autobiography (Darnell 2014; Stocking 2010).

HoAA was founded in self-conscious counterdistinction to History of Anthropology and intended to supplement its thematic interventions into the history, theory, and practice of anthropology with a more diffuse and incidental bringing together of work that crossed subject matter, subdiscipline, and national tradition, perhaps presaging where both the discipline and its historiography were heading. George will . . .

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