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The Ecologically 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0023
The Ecologically Noble Savage

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Looking at academic publications in more traditional media in recent years, we find the Noble Savage myth and its rhetoric enjoying widespread popularity in many disciplines. As a pseudological and pseudoscholarly framing device that violates the foundations of the genre it emulates, the Noble Savage enables a unique and interesting variation on anthropological literary style. The creature that seized such a strong hold on the anthropological imagination in the last decade of the twentieth century, as it turns out, was not actually created by an anthropologist: it was “the Ecologically Noble Savage,” introduced in an article of that title by the conservation biologist Kent H. Redford.

Keywords: anthropological discourse; Noble Savage; anthropology; Kent H. Redford; conservation biology

Chapter.  6858 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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