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Anthropology has been widely identified as the colonial science par excellence. General propositions that anthropologists advanced about the nature of races, cultures or societies, or about particular populations, are supposed to have motivated and justified a variety of colonial and postcolonial policies, including even genocidal massacres. There are a number of problems with arguments of this sort. The theories of the anthropologists were diverse and much disputed, and their political views were by no means predictable or undifferentiated. Nor is it generally easy to specify the pathways by which these ideas supposedly exerted their influence.
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Keywords: anthropology; colonialism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Brunel University, London

Publication date: 2001-04-01

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