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Significant Others
Interpersonal and Professional Commitments in Anthropology
Edited by Richard Handler


History of Anthropology series, volume 10

Together in the field

"A winsome and intelligent young lady . . . used to do typing for [an anthropologist]. . . . On his birthday she brought him a sheaf of typescript in gift wrappings. It was the whole of [Edward Sapir's] 'Time Perspective,' which she had meticulously copied. He married her."—David Mendelbaum, 1949

Anthropology is by definition about "others," but in this volume the phrase refers not to members of observed cultures, but to "significant others"—spouses, lovers, and others with whom anthropologists have deep relationships that are both personal and professional. The essays in this volume look at the roles of these spouses and partners of anthropologists over the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially their work as they accompanied the anthropologists in the field. Other relationships discussed include those between anthropologists and informants, mentors and students, cohorts and partners, and parents and children. The book closes with a look at gender roles in the field, demonstrated by the "marriage" in the late nineteenth century of the male Anthropological Society of Washington to the Women's Anthropological Society of America.

Richard Handler is professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia. He is author of Nationalism and the Politics of Culture in Quebec, and editor of Excluded Ancestors, Inventible Traditions: Essays Toward a More Inclusive History of Anthropology both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.


Other volumes in the History of Anthropology series

Volume 1, Observers Observed: Essays on Ethnographic Fieldwork

Volume 2, Functionalism Historicized: Essays on British Social Anthropology

Volume 3, Objects and Others: Essays on Museums and Material Culture

Volume 4, Malinowski, Rivers, Benedict and Others: Essays on Culture and Personality

Volume 5, Bones, Bodies, Behavior: Essays on Biological Anthropology

Volume 6, Romantic Motives: Essays on Anthropological Sensibility

Volume 7, Colonial Situations: Essays on the Contextualization of Ethnographic Knowledge

Volume 8, Volksgeist as Method and Ethic: Essays on Boasian Ethnography and the German Anthropological Tradition

Volume 9, Excluded Ancestors, Inventible Traditions: Essays Toward a More Inclusive History of Anthropology
Edited by Richard Handler

Volume 10, Significant Others: Interpersonal and Professional Commitments in Anthropology
Edited by Richard Handler


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The cover of Handler's book is black and white, with a photo of some Anthropologists sitting for an informal snapshot.

January 2003
352 pp.  6 x 9

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