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Article: The birth of physical anthropology in late imperial Portugal

TitleThe birth of physical anthropology in late imperial Portugal
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/CA/
Citation
Current Anthropology, 2012, v. 53 SUPPL. 5, p. S33-S45 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this article I analyze the emergence of the field of physical anthropology in the metropolitan academic sphere of the Portuguese Empire during the late nineteenth century. I suggest that Portugal's relatively peripheral position combined with a complex internal conjuncture of political instability and economic impotence gave early Portuguese physical anthropology a less explicitly "colonial" orientation than in other, more central Western European imperial powers. I describe the various national and international exchanges leading to the birth of this naturalist anthropological tradition at the University of Coimbra, drawing particular attention to the foundational role played by the technological assemblage of large osteological collections aimed at the study of the somatic characteristics of the metropolitan "white" population. I situate these technical developments in the context of wider sociocultural and politico-economic processes of both "nation building" and "empire building." These processes had a strong effect on the kinds of questions asked and the kinds of answers that seemed compelling and acceptable to early physical anthropologists. © 2011 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/185510
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.037
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.444
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