The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222687
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925922 | DOI:
The Myth of the Noble Savage

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology


Show Summary Details


This chapter returns to the question of when and how the Noble Savage reentered the theoretical discourse of anthropology. It appears to have been reintroduced by John Crawfurd, soon to be elected president of the Ethnological Society of London, in a paper, “On the Conditions Which Favour, Retard, or Obstruct the Early Civilization of Man,” presented to the society on April 20, 1859. This paper seems to stand as a kind of inaugural address, an announcement of the overthrow of the old ways and the ascendancy of a new anthropological racism and, above all, of a new supporting mythology.

Keywords: Noble Savage; anthropology; John Crawfurd; Ethnological Society; anthropological racism

Chapter.  5235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.