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Kuper, Adam

Works: 149 works in 751 publications in 11 languages and 18,800 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Dictionaries  Reference works  Conference papers and proceedings  Directories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewee, Originator, Creator, Contributor, ed
Classifications: H41, 300.3
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Most widely held works about Adam Kuper
Most widely held works by Adam Kuper
The social science encyclopedia by Adam Kuper( Book )

136 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 4,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compendium of the entire range of the social sciences. The 500+ entries on all of the major issues and concepts in the social sciences encompass the areas of anthropology, business, economics, education, government and politics, law and criminology, linguistics, psychology, social work, sociology, women's studies and beyond.--Publisher description
Anthropologists and anthropology : the British School, 1922-1972 by Adam Kuper( Book )

153 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Anthropologists and Anthropology, Adam Kuper, one of the most gifted of the younger generation of British social anthropologists, traces the growth of the subject over these fifty years, the development of its theoretical framework and the personalities of the men and women involved. In the final chapters he considers the present and future of the subject, for the moment apparently adrift from some of its theoretical moorings and on an uncertain course among the rocks of Marx, Freud, Lévi-Strauss and sociology. Anthropologists and Anthropology is both an invaluable introduction for the layman and a witty and provocative account that will be enjoyed by anthropologists everywhere."--Publisher's description
Incest & influence : the private life of bourgeois England by Adam Kuper( )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Like many gentlemen of his time, Charles Darwin married his first cousin. In fact, marriages between close relatives were commonplace in nineteenth-century England, and Adam Kuper argues that they played a crucial role in the rise of the bourgeoisie. Incest and Influence shows us just how the political networks of the eighteenth-century aristocracy were succeeded by hundreds of in-married bourgeois clans-in finance and industry, in local and national politics, in the church, and in intellectual life. In a richly detailed narrative, Kuper deploys his expertise as an anthropologist to analyze kin marriages among the Darwins and Wedgwoods, in Quaker and Jewish banking families, and in the Clapham Sect and their descendants over four generations, ending with a revealing account of the Bloomsbury Group, the most eccentric product of English bourgeois endogamy. These marriage strategies were the staple of novels, and contemporaries were obsessed with them. But there were concerns. Ideas about incest were in flux as theological doctrines were challenged. For forty years Victorian parliaments debated whether a man could marry his deceased wife's sister. Cousin marriage troubled scientists, including Charles Darwin and his cousin Francis Galton, provoking revolutionary ideas about breeding and heredity. This groundbreaking study brings out the connection between private lives, public fortunes, and the history of imperial Britain
Conceptualizing society by Conceptualizing society( )

31 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and German and held by 1,760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For a century, European social anthropology has been one of the most stimulating and creative influences within the social sciences. Social theory has had to grapple with the varieties of human experience reported by ethnographers; and out of their ethnographic experience, social anthropologists have constructed unique theoretical insights. The contributors to this volume, leading figures in European social anthropology today, reanimate this great tradition. They confront the models current in the social sciences with the diverse, often exotic, experiences and models of their subjects." "But if the broad project is accepted, theoretical strategies are the subject of urgent debate. The authors in this volume advocate diverse approaches to social theory, ranging from the action-based models of network theorists through the subtleties of the neo-structuralists to the daring experiments of the new cognitivists. Their lively debates refer to fascinating case studies, drawn from wide ethnographic experience." "Conceptualizing Society represents a significant contribution to social theory. It will be required reading for all social anthropologists, and for all those whose concern with social theory transcends the most parochial span."--Jacket
The social anthropology of Radcliffe-Brown by A. R Radcliffe-Brown( Book )

22 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The chosen primate : human nature and cultural diversity by Adam Kuper( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chosen Primate ends by looking forward to the next millennium, noting that our future depends on our response to another fundamental question: Will our culture, which has given us the means to adapt successfully to nature, ultimately destroy nature? In raising this question, Kuper shows that debates in anthropology are more than just academic disputes - they engage the major issues of our time
Culture : the anthropologists' account by Adam Kuper( Book )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Culture clarifies a crucial chapter in recent intellectual history. Adam Kuper makes the case against cultural determinism and argues that political and economic forces, social institutions, and biological processes must take their place in any complete explanation of why people think and behave as they do."--Jacket
The reinvention of primitive society : transformations of a myth by Adam Kuper( )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invention of primitive society : transformations of an illusion by Adam Kuper( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both a critical history of anthropological theory and methods and a challenging essay in the sociology of science, The Invention of Primitive Society shows how, since Darwin, anthropologists have tried to define the original form of human society. The first generation - from Henry Maine to Lewis Henry Morgan - initiated the search. By the end of the century, the theory of 'totemism', developed by McLennan, Robertson Smith and Frazer, claimed to describe the initial state of religion and society. These Victorian models were refined and developed by great theorists, including Engels, Durkheim and Freud, and became the basis of academic anthropology. But, as Adam Kuper points out, there was no original 'primitive society': the search and its goal were illusory, and when we study constructions of the primitive we study mirror-images of ourselves
Kalahari village politics; an African democracy by Adam Kuper( Book )

15 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wives for cattle : bridewealth and marriage in Southern Africa by Adam Kuper( Book )

13 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing Jamaica by Adam Kuper( Book )

11 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Councils in action by Audrey I Richards( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the anthropologists : history and context in anthropology by Adam Kuper( Book )

14 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the Anthropologists analyses the central theoretical arguments of Anthropology by turning the discipline's methods on those who practise them the anthropologists themselves. Adam Kuper explores the ethnographic and historical description of major schools and actors within Anthropology, including Darwin, Freud, Rivers, Radcliffe-Brown, Levi-Strauss and Gellner. Among the Anthropologists illuminates the historical circumstances, political forces and intellectual fashions which have shaped and continue to shape both Anthropology and its practitioners
South Africa and the anthropologist by Adam Kuper( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide


7 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Invention of Primitive Society, Adam Kuper's best selling critique of ideas about the origins of society and religion that have been much debated since Darwin, has been hugely influential in anthropology and post-colonial studies. This topical new edition, entitled The Reinvention of Primitive Society, has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of new research in the field. It coincides with a revival of the myth of primitive society by the 'indigenous peoples' movement', which taps into a widespread popular belief about the noble savage and reflects a romantic reaction against 'civilisation' and 'science'. By way of fascinating accounts of classic texts in anthropology, classical studies and law, the book reveals how wholly mistaken theories can become the basis for academic research and political programmes. In new chapters, Kuper challenges this most recent version of the myth of primitive society and traces conceptions of the barbarian, savage and primitive back through the centuries to ancient Greece. Lucidly written and student friendly, this is the must-have text for those interested in anthropological theory and current post-colonial debates
The Social Anthropology of Radcliffe-Brown by Adam Kuper( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first collection of Radcliffe-Brown's work chosen to represent his books as well as his essays. It includes some classic pieces, and also one or two lesser-known items. Radcliffe-Brown was a pioneer who established structural, sociological anthropology, in the face of the entrenched traditions of ethnology and social evolutionism. First published in 1977
Anthropology and anthropologists : the British school in the twentieth century by Adam Kuper( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anthropology and Anthropologists provides an entertaining and provocative account of British social anthropology from the foundations of the discipline, through the glory years of the mid-twentieth century and on to the transformation in recent decades. The book shocked the anthropological establishment on first publication in 1973 but soon established itself as one of the introductions for students of anthropology. Forty years later, this now classic work has been radically revised. Adam Kuper situates the leading actors in their historical and institutional context, probes their rivalries, revisits their debates, and reviews their key ethnographies. Drawing on recent scholarship he shows how the discipline was shaped by the colonial setting and by developments in the social sciences"--
The social science encyclopedia( )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Swedish and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zulu : FX20( )

in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of 46 documents are about the Zulu, an African ethnic group mainly living in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, and covers a time span from about 1800 to 2002. Krige's Social system of the Zulus provides a general ethnography. The topics of religion, symbolism, magic, and divination as well as socio-political organization are extensively covered among the other documents in this collection
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The social science encyclopedia
Anthropologists and anthropology : the British School, 1922-1972Incest & influence : the private life of bourgeois EnglandConceptualizing societyThe social anthropology of Radcliffe-BrownThe chosen primate : human nature and cultural diversityCulture : the anthropologists' accountThe reinvention of primitive society : transformations of a mythThe invention of primitive society : transformations of an illusion
Alternative Names
Adam Kuper antropologo britannico

Adam Kuper British anthropologist

Kuper, A. J.

Kuper, Adam

Kuper, Adam 1941-

آدم كوبر، 1941-

쿠퍼, 애덤 1941-

ク-パ-, アダム 1941-

クーパー, アダム