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The Colonial Encounter

Farrah Jarral examines how closely anthropology was tied to colonialism.

Farrah Jarral continues her exploration of the history of anthropology, looking at the colonial encounter.

In this episode she examines how closely anthropology was tied to colonialism, how major anthropological collections were built during the colonial period, and how quasi-scientific racism and some of the underlying attitudes towards 'savage' societies lead to a dark period in anthropological history.

But she also explores the history of one of early anthropology's greatest works: James Frazer's multi-volume work The Golden Bough - and how it was influenced by, and in turn influenced, wider intellectual trends in the early twentieth century.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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15 minutes