The first book to explore the role of the Northwest Coast in three distinct national traditions of anthropology- American, Canadian, and French-Coming to Shore gives particular consideration to the importance of Claude Levi-Strauss and structuralism, as well as more recent social theory in the context of Northwest Coast anthropology. In addition contributors explore the blurring boundaries between theoretical and applied anthropology as well as contemporary issues such as land claims, criminal justice, environmentalism, economic development, and museum display. The contribution of Frederica de Laguna provides a historical background to the enterprise of Northwest Coast anthropology, as do the contributions of Claude Levi-Strauss and Marie Mauze.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 508
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
"The chapters confirm the editors' introductory assertion that the North Pacific Coast is central to the history of anthropology for reasons that go beyond the fact that this was where Boas conducted his pioneering research. Taken together, the chapters reinforce both the extent of the Boasian legacy and the continuing vitality of research in the area."-Robert L. A. Hancock, BC Studies -- Robert L. A. Hancock * BC Studies *
"At once a history of Northwest Coast anthropology, a contribution to it, and a commentary on ethnographic practice. . . . Coming to Shore is most interesting in its presentation of a Northwest Coast ethnography that could be used `as a setting for a novel.' It also presents a close look at the cultures of academic traditions in France and North America."-Robin Ridington, Journal of Anthropological Research -- Robin Ridington * Journal of Anthropological Research *
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