Crawfurd and the Breakup of the Racist Alliance

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:
Crawfurd and the Breakup of the Racist Alliance

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Hunt had hijacked the rhetoric of political radicalism and scientific skepticism to promote adherence to the most reactionary views of his era, and, with the help of Crawfurd's more powerful political and rhetorical strengths, had ultimately succeeded in hijacking the Ethnological Society itself. But he could not long endure remaining as a subordinate; while Crawfurd, in turn, would not passively let himself be manipulated as Hunt's puppet. Tensions between them grew and ultimately led to Hunt's leading a breakaway faction to found the rival Anthropological Society in 1863.

Keywords: racial hierarchy; James Hunt; John Crawfurd; political radicalism; Ethnological Society; Anthropological Society

Chapter.  5198 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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