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Plodding towards prosopograhy: Oxford anthropology from 1976 on


My aim is to introduce prosopography to the history of anthropology, by comparing the trajectories of two cohorts of taught anthropology postgraduates who started at the Institute in Oxford in the mid-1970s and the late 1980s. My objectives are to see what this comparison might tell us about students’ initial hopes and their subsequent career paths.  This should give us an at least reasonable idea of what effect, where relevant, the Thatcherite cuts of the 1980s did, and did not have on the fulfillment of their aspirations. As far as I am aware, this is the first attempt to apply prosopography, even a rudimentary version, to a department of anthropology.

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MacClancy, Jeremy

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Social Sciences


Year of publication: 2020
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-02-13

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This RADAR resource is Part of After society: Anthropological trajectories out of Oxford (ISBN: 9781789207682) / edited by João de Pina-Cabral and Glenn Bowman (Bergahn, 2020).


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