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The History of the Personality of Anthropology by Alfred Kroeber, edited and with an introduction by Alex Golub

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Title: The History of the Personality of Anthropology by Alfred Kroeber, edited and with an introduction by Alex Golub
Authors: Kroeber, Alfred Louis
Golub, Alex
Keywords: theory
LC Subject Headings: Anthropology
Kroeber, A. L. (Alfred Louis), 1876-1960
Issue Date: 19 Oct 2013
Series/Report no.: Savage Minds Occasional Papers No. 3
Abstract: This number of the Savage Minds Occasional Paper Series presents an edited version of Kroeber’s “A History of the Personality of Anthropology,” a piece which Kroeber wrote very late in his life. In it, Kroeber lays down his vision of anthropology's unique outlook. In one striking passage, he describes anthropology as a ‘changeling’ discipline. Changelings are, in European folklore, elf or fairy children who are brought up by human parents who are unaware of their child’s true nature. The child of natural science on the one hand and the humanities on the other, Kroeber sees anthropology as ill at ease in its adopted home of the social science.
Pages/Duration: 9
Rights: This original work is copyright by Alex Golub, 2013. The author has issued the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license. You are free • to share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work • to remix - to adapt the work Under the following conditions • attribution - you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author • noncommercial - you may not use this work for commercial purposes • share alike - if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one This work includes excerpts from Kroeber, Alfred. 1959. The history of the personality of anthropology. American Anthropologist 61 (3): 398-404. American Anthropological Association article content published before 1964 is in the public domain and may be used and copied without permission. For more information see The original article appears at The author has taken care to respect the rights of all copyright holders and welcomes communications regarding the copyright status of this work. Please contact him at
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