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Anthropology at Berkeley: A Century of Pathbreaking Scholarship is an account of Berkeley anthropology through its record of scholarly contributions based on fieldwork around the world. Faculty publications (in many cases award-winning titles) collectively underscore Berkeley's strength and account for the department's longstanding ranking as one of the top anthropology departments in America. Founded in September 1901 as the first department of anthropology in the western United States, U.C. Berkeley developed a particular style characterized by innovation and diversity. The collected record of this scholarly community is a legacy which has figured centrally in shaping American anthropology.

Berkeley's standard for innovation and excellence was established by the department's first faculty member and intellectual leader, Alfred L. Kroeber, a founder of American anthropology. Following Kroeber's legacy, Berkeley faculty and students imaginatively use core concepts in anthropology as they develop new areas for investigation. This exhibit illustrates the diverse areas in which Berkeley anthropologists have contributed meaningful, often counter-intuitive, insights to our understanding of contemporary issues of local and global scope.

Drawn from The George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library, more than 100 titles are organized by broad themes to emphasize the inclusive nature of Anthropology and to cross-cut traditional boundaries of archaeology, sociocultural, linguistic and physical anthropology. This view of Berkeley anthropology highlights its areas of specialization along with interdisciplinary work and demonstrates the growth and development of specific strands of research over the century.

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