E. B. Tylor and the Problem of Primitive Culture

@article{Ratnapalan2008EBT,
  title={E. B. Tylor and the Problem of Primitive Culture},
  author={L. Ratnapalan},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  year={2008},
  volume={19},
  pages={131 - 142}
}
Edward Burnett Tylor’s (1832–1917) theory of survivals, or elements of the “primitive” or archaic past that continued to play an active part in the beliefs of the present day, hallmarks the Victorian effort to isolate and display what were thought to be the most developed features of the contemporary world. However, in focusing on what was outmoded in society, the theory of survivals brought primitive beliefs into an uncomfortable relationship with the beliefs of the present, threatening to… Expand
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