Julian Steward and American anthropology: the science of colonialism

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dc.contributor.author Pinkoski, Marc
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-18T22:22:22Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-18T22:22:22Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2010-02-18T22:22:22Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2218
dc.description.abstract Demonstrating a lacuna within the discipline of anthropology regarding its connection to colonialism in North America. this dissertation analyses Julian Steward's oeuvre and theorises him in four novel ways. First, his life-work is introduced with a focus on his representations of Indigenous Peoples. Second, his life-work is contextualised with respect to American federal Indian policy. Third, Steward's evolutionary theory is shown to have been designed as an explicit counter to Boas' method, belying a Spencerian biological analogy, and placing him outside of the "Americanist tradition." Finally, the culmination of Steward's method and theory, heralded as an objective approach to understanding Indigenous Peoples social organisation and the "scientific" method of anthropology, is exposed as a programmatic of the US Department of Justice in proceedings before the Indian Claims Commission, and showing it as a colonial science. Archival material regarding Steward's involvement in the Uintah Ute, Dockets 44 & 45 before the Indian Claims Commission, forms the data for this exposition. Exposing the connection of Steward's work to US government policy begins to fill the gap regarding anthropology's connection to colonialism in North America, and prompts a serious reconsideration of the discipline's method. practice, science, history, historiography, and curriculum regarding Indigenous Peoples. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject anthropologists en
dc.subject United States en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Anthropology en
dc.title Julian Steward and American anthropology: the science of colonialism en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Stephenson, Peter H.
dc.contributor.supervisor Asch, Michael
dc.degree.department Dept. of Anthropology en
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en

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