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thJanuary 9 2012The Production of Anthropological Knowledge Historical OverviewVictorian Era Anthropologyattempted to establish anthropology as a scienceinspired by idea of evolution from natural history Darwininformed by Enlightenment ideals of progress through rational inquirythere was a strong sense of ethnocentrism led by European ideology Victorian Anthropology concerned with the evolution of human societiesunilineal evolution human society always improvethere are specific stages with identifiable traitseach stage must emerge from the one beforeEuropean society was the epitome of progress and perfection so far and all other societies were thought to go through the same stages This way of thinking was a step forward because it recognized ththat we are all human beings regardless of sex race religion etc This was around the 19 century ExamplesSpencerdivision of labourLewis Henry Morg
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