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Early anthropology in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries / by Margaret T. Hodgen.

Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1964] .
ISBN 9780812206715, 081221014X, 9780812210149

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Subjects Anthropologie - Histoire.
Anthropologie -- 16e siècle.
Anthropologie -- 17e siècle.
Anthropologie -- Histoire.
Anthropology -- History.
Culturele antropologie.
ethnologie -- 16e s. -- 17e s.
ethnologie -- Antiquité -- 19e s.
Description 523 pages : illustrations, maps, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1964]
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Although social sciences such as anthropology are often thought to have been organized as academic specialties in the nineteenth century, the ideas upon which these disciplines were founded actually developed earlier. The foundational concepts can be traced at least as far as the sixteenth century, when contact with unfamiliar peoples in the New World led Europeans to create ways of describing and understanding social similarities and differences among humans. This book examines the history of some of the ideas adopted to help understand the origin of culture, the diversity of traits, the significance of similarities, the sequence of high civilizations, the course of cultural change, and the theory of social evolution. It not only illuminates the thinking of a by-gone age but also sheds light on the sources of attitudes still prevalent today.-- From publisher's description.
Contents [Part 1] The medieval prologue -- 1. The classical heritage -- 2. The ethnology of the medieval encyclopedists -- 3. Ethnology, trade, and missionary endeavor -- [Part 2] The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries -- 4. The fardle of façions: or, the cabinet of curios -- 5. Collections of customs: modes of classification and description -- 6. The ark of Noah and the problem of cultural diversity -- 7. Diffusion, degeneration, and environmentalism -- 8. Similarities and their documentary properties -- 9. The problem of savagery -- 10. The place of the savage in the chain of being -- [Part 3] The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries -- 11. From hierarchy to history -- 12. Aftermath.
Genre History.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)487769
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WorldCat Identities Hodgen, Margaret T. 1890-
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