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The Anthropological LensRethinking E. E. Evans-Pritchard$
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Christopher Morton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812913.001.0001

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Photographs are to think with

Photographs are to think with

Historicizing anthropology

(p.1) 1 Photographs are to think with
(p.iii) The Anthropological Lens

Christopher Morton

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 sets out the main arguments and contexts of the book. It begins with a discussion of why using the photographic archive to explore the fieldwork on which Evans-Pritchard’s celebrated writings was based is so transformative. It discusses the relationship between anthropology and colonialism in the 1920s and 1930s, and Evans-Pritchard’s equivocal positioning within this as someone directly funded by the colonial administration and yet having a critical relationship to it. It explores the way in which Evans-Pritchard sought to move anthropology away from the natural sciences and towards history and the humanities. It compares his fieldwork photography to other anthropologists of the period and challenges the assumption that anthropology in the period was not a visual endeavour.

Keywords:   photographic research, history of anthropology, anthropology and colonialism, visual analysis, visual anthropology

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