A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science defends the holistic scientific approach by examining its history, which is in part a story of adventure, and its sound philosophical foundation. It shows that activism and the holistic scientific approach need not compete with one another. This book discusses how anthropology developed in the nineteenth century during what has been called the Second Scientific Revolution. It emerged in the United States in its holistic four field form from the confluence of four lines of inquiry: the British, the French, the German, and the American. As the discipline grew and became more specialized, a tendency of divergence set in that weakened its holistic appeal. Beginning in the 1960s a new movement arose within the discipline which called for abandoning science as anthropology’s mission in order to convert into an instrument of social change; a redefinition which weakens its effectiveness as a way of understanding humankind, and which threatens to discredit the discipline.
Lexington Books; April 2016
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- Title: A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science
- Author: Glynn Custred
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
Custred provides a remarkably broad and deep history of anthropology. In response to those who call for a split between the traditional four-fields of anthropology, Custred demonstrates that, from its very beginnings, the most important anthropology has been done by scholars who practiced in a four-field framework. Custred shows that even some of the more humanistically-oriented anthropologists have made the argument that anthropology must be a holistic discipline. It is a strong work, and deserves a prominent place in courses on the history of anthropology.
About The Author
Glynn Custred is professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University, East Bay.