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A History of Oxford Anthropology
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Methodology & History in Anthropology

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A History of Oxford Anthropology

Edited by Peter Rivière
Preface by Alan Macfarlane, Cambridge University

230 pages, 14 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-348-0 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2007)

ISBN  978-1-84545-699-3 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (October 2009)

eISBN 978-0-85745-521-5 eBook


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“Oxford has arguably contributed more to our understanding of tribal societies than any other department of anthropology in the world… Through creating a virtual community, by uniting their work and their lives, by their assurance, generations of Oxford scholars have been able to make the leaps which take us into new and previously unsuspected worlds. They had the privileges, the shared zeal and the shock of similarity-with-difference which engenders true creativity and they made good use of it.” • [from the Preface]

“[The volume’s] virtues include giving outsiders a sense of Oxford anthropology’s oral tradition.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

“ There is no doubt that Oxford has been a leading player in the discipline of anthropology. It is precisely the fact that this resounding success can be taken for granted that makes possible this deliciously indiscreet retrospective.” • Books & Culture


Informative as well as entertaining, this volume offers many interesting facets of the first hundred years of anthropology at Oxford University.

Peter Rivière is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology of the University of Oxford and Fellow Emeritus of Linacre College, Oxford, and has held posts at London, Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Specialising in the native societies of Lowland South America and the history of the European exploration of Amazonia, his publications include, The Forgotten Frontier: Ranchers of North Brazil (1972), Individual and Society in Guiana (1984), and Absented-Minded Imperialism (1995). Most recently he has published, under the aegis of The Hakluyt Society, a two-volume edition of Sir Robert Schomburgk’s reports on his Guiana travels.

Subject: Theory and MethodologyHistory (General)
Area: Europe

An interview with Peter Riviere. The first part, by Alan Macfarlane, covers his academic life in general. The second part by Laura Rival covers his work in South America. Filmed in Oxford on 9th September 2001. A two part interview of Peter Riviere, filmed by Sarah Harrison. Generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust.


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