Article ID: CBB001421595

General Pitt-Rivers and the Evolutionist Anthropologists (2014)


The twentieth-century discipline of social anthropology, with its reliance on fieldwork methodology, grew out of the work of nineteenth-century evolutionist anthropology as expounded by John Lubbock, J. F. McLennan, E. B. Tylor, and others. In this article I show how General Pitt-Rivers ignored the ideas of these writers and how his own approach thus became irrelevant to the development of social anthropology as a discipline in the United Kingdom. Keywords: Pitt-Rivers, anthropology, evolution

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Authors & Contributors
Petch, Alison
Rivière, Peter
Larson, Frances
Mills, David
Roberts, Mary Nooter
Haraway, Donna
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Journal of the History of Collections
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
History and Anthropology
Berghahn Books
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of California, Santa Cruz
Northwestern University
University of Chicago Press
Lubbock, John, 1st Baron Avebury
Tylor, Edward Burnett
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Pitt-Rivers, Augustus Henry Lane-Fox
Evans-Pritchard, Edward Evan
Malinowski, Bronislaw
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
Great Britain
Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford)
Oxford University
Great Britain. Geological Survey

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