New Release Books by Adam Kuper

Adam Kuper is the author of The Reinvention of Primitive Society (2017), Anthropology and Anthropologists (2014), Incest and Influence (2010), Culture (2000) and other 41 books.

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The Reinvention of Primitive Society

release date: Feb 17, 2017
The Reinvention of Primitive Society
Adam Kuper’s iconoclastic intellectual history argues that the idea of “primitive society” is a western myth. The “primitive” is imagined as the opposite of the “civilised”. But this is a protean myth. As ideas about civilisation change, so the image of primitive society must be adjusted. By way of fascinating account of classic texts in anthropology, ancient history and law, Kuper reveals how this myth underpinned academic research and inspired political programmes. Its ancestry is traced back to classical western beliefs about barbarians and savages, and Kuper also tackles the latest version of the myth, the idea of a global identity of “indigenous peoples”. The Reinvention of Primitive Society is a key text in the history of anthropology, and will interest anyone who has puzzled about the very idea of “primitive society” – and so, by implication, about “civilisation”.

Anthropology and Anthropologists

release date: Sep 19, 2014
Anthropology and Anthropologists
Anthropology and Anthropologists provides an entertaining and provocative account of British social anthropology from the foundations of the discipline, through the glory years of the mid-twentieth century and on to the transformation in recent decades. The book shocked the anthropological establishment on first publication in 1973 but soon established itself as one of the introductions for students of anthropology. Forty years later, this now classic work has been radically revised. Adam Kuper situates the leading actors in their historical and institutional context, probes their rivalries, revisits their debates, and reviews their key ethnographies. Drawing on recent scholarship he shows how the discipline was shaped by the colonial setting and by developments in the social sciences.

Incest and Influence

release date: Feb 28, 2010
Incest and Influence
Like many gentlemen of his time, Charles Darwin married his first cousin. In fact, marriages between close relatives were commonplace in nineteenth-century England, and Adam Kuper argues that they played a crucial role in the rise of the bourgeoisie. This groundbreaking study brings out the connection between private lives, public fortunes, and the history of imperial Britain.

Culture

release date: Nov 15, 2000
Culture
Suddenly culture seems to explain everything, from civil wars to financial crises and divorce rates. But when we speak of culture, what, precisely, do we mean? Adam Kuper pursues the concept of culture from the early twentieth century debates to its adoption by American social science under the tutelage of Talcott Parsons. What follows is the story of how the idea fared within American anthropology, the discipline that took on culture as its special subject. Here we see the influence of such prominent thinkers as Clifford Geertz, David Schneider, Marshall Sahlins, and their successors, who represent the mainstream of American cultural anthropology in the second half of the twentieth century--the leading tradition in world anthropology in our day. These anthropologists put the idea of culture to the ultimate test--in detailed, empirical ethnographic studies--and Kuper's account shows how the results raise more questions than they answer about the possibilities and validity of cultural analysis. Written with passion and wit, Culture clarifies a crucial chapter in recent intellectual history. Adam Kuper makes the case against cultural determinism and argues that political and economic forces, social institutions, and biological processes must take their place in any complete explanation of why people think and behave as they do.

Anthropology in South Africa

release date: Jan 01, 1998

Among the Anthropologists

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Among the Anthropologists
Among the Anthropologists analyses the central theoretical arguments of Anthropology by turning the discipline's methods on those who practise them the anthropologists themselves. Adam Kuper explores the ethnographic and historical description of major schools and actors within Anthropology, including Darwin, Freud, Rivers, Radcliffe-Brown, Levi-Strauss and Gellner. Among the Anthropologists illuminates the historical circumstances, political forces and intellectual fashions which have shaped and continue to shape both Anthropology and its practitioners.

The Social Science Encyclopedia

release date: Jan 01, 1996
The Social Science Encyclopedia
This reference has been written by an international team of contributors presenting a global understanding of the key issues within social sciences. A board of advisory editors has worked closely with the editors in determining the most important concepts, thinkers and techniques in each field.

The Invention of Primitive Society

release date: Jan 01, 1988
The Invention of Primitive Society
Both a critical history of anthropological theory and methods and a challenging essay in the sociology of science, The Invention of Primitive Society shows how anthropologists have tried to define the original form of human society.

South Africa and the Anthropologist

release date: Jan 01, 1987

The Chosen Primate

release date: Jan 01, 1994
The Chosen Primate
Is there a Darwinian explanation for the evolution of human nature? The great debates about human origins, cultural history, and human nature confront us with two opposing, often irreconcilable images of human beings: biology vs. culture. Now Kuper reframes these debates and reconsiders fundamental questions of anthropology. 21 halftones.

Anthropologists and Anthropology

Anthropologists and Anthropology
"In Anthropologists and Anthropology, Adam Kuper, one of the most gifted of the younger generation of British social anthropologists, traces the growth of the subject over these fifty years, the development of its theoretical framework and the personalities of the men and women involved. In the final chapters he considers the present and future of the subject, for the moment apparently adrift from some of its theoretical moorings and on an uncertain course among the rocks of Marx, Freud, Lévi-Strauss and sociology. Anthropologists and Anthropology is both an invaluable introduction for the layman and a witty and provocative account that will be enjoyed by anthropologists everywhere."--Publisher's description.

THE MUSEUM OF OTHER PEOPLE

release date: Jul 06, 2023

El Primate Elegido

release date: Nov 01, 2001
El Primate Elegido
El exito obtenido por la Historia del tiempo, de Stephen Hawking, propicio la creacion, en 1991, de esta coleccion de divulgacion cientifica que fue dirigida durante largo tiempo por dos personas de formacion humanistica: de ahi ciertas contaminaciones al inicio de la coleccion. Sin embargo, cuando Jose Manuel Sanchez Ron se hizo cargo de ella, dio un aprobado a la gestion anterior. En esta coleccion, quiza la mas ambiciosa de todas las de divulgacion cientifica que se editan en espanol, se han publicado obras de Stephen Jay Gould, Carl Sagan, lan Stewart, Edward O. Wilson, Antonio Damasio, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Ilya Prigogine, John D. Barrow, Rita Levi Montalcini, Richard P. Feynman, Roger Penrose, Steven Weinberg, Rachel Carson, Francisco Garcia Olmedo, Francisco Yndurain o Jose Manuel Sanchez Ron. Teniendo en cuenta los enfoques biologico y cultural, el autor revisa todas nuestras creencias sobre los origenes humanos, la historia de la cultura humana, los genes y la inteligencia, etc.,y compone, ademas, un relato apasionante de la historia de las gentes y los lugares que han conformado la antropologia.

Clifford Geertz

release date: Jan 01, 2003
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