Worldly Provincialism: German Anthropology in the Age of by H. Glenn Penny, Matti Bunzl

By H. Glenn Penny, Matti Bunzl

Worldly Provincialism introduces readers to the highbrow heritage that drove the emergence of German anthropology. Drawing at the latest paintings at the historical past of the self-discipline, the members reconsider the ancient and cultural connections among German anthropology, colonialism, and race. by means of exhibiting that German highbrow traditions differed markedly from these of Western Europe, they problem the widespread assumption that Europeans overseas shared a standard cultural code and behaved equally towards non-Europeans. The eloquent and well-informed essays during this quantity display that early German anthropology used to be fueled by means of greater than an easy colonialist force. relatively, a variety of highbrow historical past formed the Germans' wealthy and multifarious curiosity within the cultures, religions, physiognomy, body structure, and background of non-Europeans, and gave upward push to their wish to hook up with the broader world.
Furthermore, this quantity demands a extra nuanced realizing of Germany's status in postcolonial reports. not like the present view of German imperialism as an immediate precursor to Nazi atrocities, this quantity proposes a key perception that is going to the guts of German historiography: there isn't any transparent trajectory to be drawn from the advanced ideologies of imperial anthropology to the race technology embraced by way of the Nazis. rather than hoping on a nineteenth-century reason behind twentieth-century crimes, this quantity eventually illuminates German ethnology and anthropology as neighborhood phenomena, top approached when it comes to their very own worldly provincialism.
H. Glenn Penny is Assistant Professor of heritage on the college of Missouri, Kansas City.
Matti Bunzl Assistant Professor of Anthropology and heritage on the collage of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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They started out with a spontaneous liking toward one another and parted with a warm handshake. In between, on board the Rurik, their troubles began with an argument about space: “The captain protests against collecting on the voyage because the ship’s space does not permit it, and an artist is at the disposition of the naturalist to draw whatever the latter might desire. ”15 Chamisso was often better at understanding Paci‹c Islanders than at feeling his way into Kotzebue’s situation. The captain had to maintain the rigorous discipline of a ‹ghting ship; Chamisso felt slighted by the mildest reproach.

W. Kaye Lamb, 4 vols. (London: Hakluyt Society, 1984), 3:1180–82. Vancouver was on Cook’s second and third circumnavigations, and it is not unreasonable to see him as absorbing the great man’s political example. I have used Hawaiian Islands or Hawaii to refer to the entire archipelago, Hawai’i to refer to the island of that name. Coming of Age in the Paci‹c 33 eigner and made his own. 4 Dragging their way across Europe, they ‹nally found a place of refuge in Berlin. As a boy he ended his formal schooling early to become a page to Queen Luise, the gracious, cultivated wife of Frederick William III.

Even a cursory analysis of the available literature reveals a striking disjuncture between the arguments advanced by scholars engaged in postcolonial 32. Stocking, Victorian Anthropology; Clifford, Person and Myth. For an analysis of early modern encounters that does pay attention to the importance of religion, see Anthony Pagden, The Fall of Natural Man: The American Indian and the Origins of Comparative Ethnology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982). 24 Worldly Provincialism studies and those who have focused more speci‹cally on the history of anthropology.

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