The Expansive Moment: The Rise of Social Anthropology in Britain and Africa, 1918-1970.
By Jack Goody
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
The second book in our series for the Fall semester of 2015 is described by the publisher as follows:
This text explores the development of the discipline of social anthropology, looking at its key practitioners and the degree to which its concerns interacted with the political and ideological debate of the interwar years. It provides a study of the different ideological and intellectual approaches that emerged and considers how these views were incorporated into and defined by the structures and institutions in which they developed. The work also gives an analysis of how far the subject was created by its own response to key issues of the time: colonialism – specifically Africa; anti-Semitism; and communism.