Field sciences in scientific fields
Entomology, botany and the early ethnographic monograph in the work of H.-A. Junod
in Science and society in southern Africa
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This chapter examines the ways in which the methodology of entomology and botany influenced the beginnings of anthropology in southern Africa. It determines how the form, content and authority of the early ethnographic monograph was shaped and contained by the conventions of writing and analysis of the natural sciences. The chapter also examines how the skills of observation developed by field naturalists in Switzerland were transferred to the new discipline of anthropology. It shows how Henri-Alexandre Junod employed the methods of the natural sciences to represent and explain African society. During his first furlough in Switzerland Junod worked through his entomological collections and co-authored a series of articles with European experts. In Neuchatel the growth of the Natural History Museum had traditionally depended on the generosity of the town's many traders, missionaries, mercenaries and travellers living abroad.

Editor: Saul Dubow


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