"Attractively written, scholarly and engaging, Adam Kuper’s account of a pivotal period in British social anthropology will enlighten any reader. More than an intellectual history, it brings to life the personalities and clashes during a time that spawned outsize personalities, moments of brilliance, and several generations of students. Disconcerting initially to some of the protagonists for its clarity of the issues and their positions, the book remains appreciated for the same reason."
- Stephen Gudeman, University of Minnesota, USA
"This new edition incorporates insights and evidence from recent research. However that doesn’t prevent it from being as witty, entertaining, and compulsively readable as before. When the first edition came out, anthropology’s tribal elders reacted with shock and dismay at its irreverent and familiar tone. Kuper is now one of the elders himself, but what hasn’t changed is that neophyte anthropologists and lecturers alike will continue to rely on his book."
- David N. Gellner, University of Oxford, UK
"In this significantly embellished fourth edition, Kuper reaffirms his affectionate loyalty to the memory of the British school in its heyday, while expressing a defiant optimism concerning the future of anthropology as a social science."
- Chris Hann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
"Anthropology and Anthropologists: The British School in the Twentieth-Century is an excellent, comprehensive tour through one of the most important and influential schools of anthropological theory, easily ranking alongside the Structuralist school of Claude-Levi Strauss and the Historical Particularist school of Franz Boas. In this concise, but comprehensive edition, Kuper explores the characters and ideas that built the school through both collaboration and conflict. It is an easy, accessible introduction that satisfies the reader’s anthropological curiosity while providing plenty of resources to take the exploration farther afield."
- New Books Network
About the Author
Adam Kuper is a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Visiting Professor at Boston University. His books include Culture: The Anthropologists’ Account (1999), The Reinvention of Primitive Society (2005) and Incest and Influence: The Private Life of Bourgeois England (2009).