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Transcending the academic/public divide in the transmission of theory: Raglan, diffusionism, and mid-century anthropology

Abstract

Diffusionism has had a bad press, for dark reasons: time for a revaluation. Via an analysis of the productive yet neglected career of that incisive hyperdiffusionist, Lord Raglan, I investigate why would-be hegemons in postwar British anthropology misrepresented or dismissed the power of this paradigm. In fact diffusionism, though declared moribund, did not die but remained a potent explanatory mode for decades, especially in anthropological circles outside Academe. I conclude questioning the life of theory in our discipline, and the conventional historiography of British anthropology.

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MacClancy, J

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\Department of Social Sciences

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Year of publication: 2016
Date of RADAR deposit: 2016-11-17


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