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The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In this study, the myth of the Noble Savage is an altogether different myth from the one defended or debunked by others over the years. That the concept of the Noble Savage was first invented by ... More


The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0018
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter returns to the question of when and how the Noble Savage reentered the theoretical discourse of anthropology. It appears to have been reintroduced by John Crawfurd, soon to be elected ... More


Crawfurd and the Breakup of the Racist Alliance

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0019
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Hunt had hijacked the rhetoric of political radicalism and scientific skepticism to promote adherence to the most reactionary views of his era, and, with the help of Crawfurd's more powerful ... More


Crawfurd, Darwin, and the “Missing Link”

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0020
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In arguing his program of racial superiority and dominance, Crawfurd mounted a critical attack on virtually every anthropological theory that might be imagined to support ideas of human unity or ... More


The Hunt-Crawfurd Alliance

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0016
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter argues that Hunt's ambition, as apparent in his words as in his actions, was to be the leader in creating a racist anthropological science which would serve as the ideological basis for ... More


The Miscegenation Hoax

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0021
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In early 1864, a pamphlet called Miscegenation was published anonymously in the United States. This chapter examines P. T. Barnum's account of it in Humbugs of the World. Barnum describes the adroit ... More


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