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Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma‘Bewildered Traveller’$
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John W. Griffith

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183006.001.0001

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‘Pioneers of Trade and Progress’: Conrad’s Civilization and its Discontents

‘Pioneers of Trade and Progress’: Conrad’s Civilization and its Discontents

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Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma

John W. Griffith

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the genesis of the idea of degeneracy as applied to African culture. It considers the implications of terms such as civilization, culture, and progress in the context of Victorian anthropology. In particular, it considers the debates in anthropology between progressionism and degenerationism.

Keywords:   Joseph Conrad, Africa culture, degeneracy, Victorian anthropology, progressionism, degenerationism

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