By Henrika Kuklick

ISBN-10: 0631225994

ISBN-13: 9780631225997

ISBN-10: 0631226001

ISBN-13: 9780631226000

A brand new heritage of Anthropology collects unique writings from pre-eminent students to create a worldly yet obtainable advisor to the advance of the sector.

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Ever since he wrote the Second Discourse, Rousseau has been accused, not without justification, of naïveté and sentimentalization of native societies. There was, however, a methodological originality to the Discourse on Equality, which established it in the social scientific canon. The modern French tradition of sociocultural analysis built on Rousseau’s vision of societies as unified, intelligible systems. A work such as Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), for example, follows Rousseau’s method of trying to imagine the essentials of human collective existence by looking at societies that were supposed to represent social life in its simplest form.

Qxd 18/06/2007 10:07 Page 28 28 Harry Liebersohn to report on the contents of their vast continental empire (Mühlmann 1968: 53). Linnaeus, who wrote a notable ethnography of the Sami people, served as scientific advisor to the Swedish state and sent numerous travelers on extra-European voyages (Koerner 1999). The culmination of this movement toward scientific expeditions came with the three circumnavigations commanded by James Cook (1728 –79) in 1768–71, 1772–75, and 1776 –80 (the third expedition returned to England the year after Cook’s death in Hawaii).

Written by himself, Defoe’s 1719 book was effectively presented as non-fiction; indeed, Defoe’s name was not on the title page. Moreover, Defoe promised the reader instruction as well as entertainment. ” A deep sense of religious design pervades this fictional narrative of discovery, just as it earlier motivated Columbus and his patrons. Crusoe’s relationship to the “native” he met on his island, whom he named Friday, embodied widespread attitudes toward native peoples: a mixture of fear of the demonic (symbolized above all by the fear of cannibalism) and confidence in one’s calling to missionize, Christianize, and civilize.

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