“This work of seventeen outstanding essays is a fitting tribute to Robin Fox, one of the most eminent anthropologists and polymaths of our time, a courageous warrior who declared war on mainstream social science almost 50 years ago. He renounced its cultural relativism and ideologically-driven social constructionism that claimed to explain everything, and hence nothing, in his 1971 book (with Lionel Tiger) The Imperial Animal. His clarion call in this and numerous other works calling for investigations into pancultural human nature set me and countless others on the quest for biosocial theory in the social sciences. As this book, and a cascade of other books and articles can attest, he has lived to see his dream come true. Biosocial science has breached the shoddy walls of twentieth century social science and is about to take the castle keep.”
—Anthony Walsh, Professor of Criminal Justice, Boise State University (from the book jacket)
David Jenkins: Antelope: On Reading 'Participant Observer'
Personal and Confidential
Michael Egan: Mainstream Maverick
Lionel Tiger: This Guy, Fox
Michael McGuire: A Tribute and Personal Thanks...
Popularity and Drinking
Kate Fox: Writing Popular Anthropology
Anne Fox: Drink and Duty: Extreme Drinking Rituals in the British Army
Laughter and Happiness
Sir Antony Jay: Understanding Laughter
Charles Macdonald: Joyous Equal and Free: Conditions of Felicity in Human Organizations
Kinship and Incest
Linda Stone: Kinship Constructed Us: The Implications of Primate Studies for Cultural Anthropology
Alexandra Maryanski and Jonathan Turner: Lighting the Red Lamp of Incest
Adam Kuper: Darwin and Cousin Marriage in England
Self and Epic
Alan Macfarlane: The Image of the Good Imperial Education
David Jenkins: The Ethnography of the Self: Anthropologists’ Autobiographies
Frederick Turner: The Universal Epic: A Research Challenge
Nature and Society
Bernard Chapais: From Human Nature to Human Society: Why Anthropology Cannot Ignore Biological Constants
Dieter Steklis: The Changing Nature of Human Nature
Mel Konner: Science and Anti-Science in Anthropology: A Look Back
Howard Bloom: The Consumerist Cosmos
Robin Fox: Last Word: The Razor's Edge
Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood
First cousins: see Adam Kuper's chapter
Bernard Chapais and friend
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Kate Fox - popular anthropologist
Author of The Racing Tribe and Watching the English, and the chapter "Writing Popular Anthropology" in this book
On Reading Participant Observer
Defies chronology as a master trope
Weaves tapestries of twisted rope
And bits of bone and air
And travels light.
Crooked warp, angled weft, Antelope
Breathes no noisome complaint
Nor ruined lament
Nor tale of otherworldly firmament.
Instead he puzzles through
The randomness of animals
Who, despite all odds surpass their kind
Invent language and divine
The meaning of their fate. Antelope braids
Mystery from human sociability.
With prolixity Antelope wends
No dance nor skate nor yeasty brew
Nor chart and skew of kinship terms
Beyond their ability to convey
Connections primordial and fey.
Still, without weave or trace
Or dreaded count of shuttled thread,
Without Trickster’s antlered mask,
His girls provide the point at last.
Antelope(man) (kütstiwa) was the name the Indians of Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico gave to Robin Fox, because of his springy walk, they said.
Author of chapter "The Changing Nature of Human Nature"
"The Man Who Invented the Sixties"
by Sabine Allaeys
Altamira de Coelho, Colombia, 1981
The whole interview, with Alex Walter, was republished in Conjectures and Confrontations (1997).
*See "Bullfight at Altamira" in The Passionate Mind.
**See "New Jersey Landscapes" in The Passionate Mind.
The witty cartoon on the cover - based on the famous TIME cartoon of the stages of human evolution (in which I had a hand) is by Lindsey Burrows by courtesy of The American Interest. She based it on my contention that while non-human primates have kin, they don't have in-laws: the real human innovation.