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

History of Anthropology (Volume 9)
George W. Stocking, Jr., and Richard Handler, Series Editors

Exclusion and marginalization in the history of anthropology

Excluded Ancestors focuses on little-known scholars who contributed significantly to the anthropological work of their time, but whose work has since been marginalized due to categorical boundaries of race, class, gender, citizenship, institutional and disciplinary affiliation, and English-language proficiency.

The essays in Excluded Ancestors illustrate varied processes of inclusion and exclusion in the history of anthropology, examining the careers of John William Jackson, the members of the Hampton Folk-Lore Society, Charlotte Gower Chapman, Lucie Varga, Marius Barbeau, and Sol Tax. A final essay analyzes notions of the canon and considers the place of a classic ethnographic area, highland New Guinea, in anthropological canon-formation. Contributors include Peter Pels, Lee Baker, Frances Slaney, Maria Lepowsky, George Stocking, Ronald Stade, and Douglas Dalton.

Richard Handler is a professor of anthropology and director of the Global Development Studies Program at the University of Virginia. His many books include Critics Against Culture: Anthropological Observers of Mass Society and HOA Volume 11, Central Sites, Peripheral Visions: Cultural and Institutional Crossings in the History of Anthropology, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.





“Surveys the work of lesser-known scholars who created memorable studies but were marginalized due to race, gender, citizenship, or English-language proficiency. . . . Remedies many problems in the discipline and provides college-level readers with scholarly observations . . . about the nature of anthropological investigation.”
Midwest Book Review

“The hallmark of [the History of Anthropology series] is meticulous research into the lives of our predecessors, whose intellectual and personal relationships are carefully reconstructed from private papers, correspondences, and institutional archives. . . . [Volume 9] is one of the strongest volumes in the series and the most gender-balanced”
—Jocelyn Linnekin, American Anthropologist



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First Paperback Edition
April 2015
LC: 99-035054 GN
324 pp.   6 x 9
32 b/w illus.

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ISBN 978-0-299-16394-5
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