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"State of Nature, Stages of Society"Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse$
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Frank Palmeri

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175166

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175166.001.0001

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The Origins of Culture and of Anthropology

The Origins of Culture and of Anthropology

(p.121) 4 The Origins of Culture and of Anthropology
"State of Nature, Stages of Society"

Frank Palmeri

Columbia University Press

In the unsettled and formative 1860s, many essays in the British anthropological journals adopted a conjectural form, as did foundational work by E. B. Tylor that established the defining idea of culture as an organic unity. Conjectural thought and form also underlay the work of Morgan on kinship and the family, which was adapted by Marx and then by Engels in their late anthropological writings.

Keywords:   anthropology, ethnography, race, kinship, family, totemism, women, journals, Marx, Engels, E. B. Tylor, J. F. McLennan

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