Volume 8 of the Histories of Anthropology Annual series, the
premier series published in the history of the discipline, explores
national anthropological traditions in Britain, the United States,
and Europe and follows them into postnational contexts.
Contributors reassess the major theorists in twentieth-century
anthropology, including the work of luminaries such as Franz Boas,
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Bronislaw Malinowski, A. R. Radcliffe-Brown,
and Marshall Sahlins, as well as lesser-known but important
anthropological work by Berthold Laufer, A. M. Hocart, Kenelm O. L.
Burridge, and Robin Ridington, among others. These essays examine
myriad themes such as the pedagogical context of the anthropologist
as a teller of stories about indigenous storytellers; the colonial
context of British anthropological theory and its projects outside
the nation-state; the legacies of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s
structuralism regarding culture- specific patterns; cognitive
universals reflected in empirical examples of kinship, myth,
language, classificatory systems, and supposed universal mental
structures; and the career of Marshall Sahlins and his trajectory
from neo-evolutionism and structuralism toward an epistemological
skepticism of cross- cultural miscommunication.