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Ellingson strikes a good balance between archival and presentist approaches, and his account has the plot of a turning-and-twisting mystery story. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this important and original study, the myth of the Noble Savage is an altogether different myth from the one defended or debunked by others over the years. That the concept of the Noble Savage was first invented by Rousseau in the mid-eighteenth century in order to glorify the "natural" life is easily refuted.

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The myth that persists is that there was ever, at any time, widespread belief in the nobility of savages. The fact is, as Ter Ellingson shows, the humanist eighteenth century actually avoided the term because of its association with the feudalist-colonialist mentality that had spawned it years earlier.

The Noble Savage reappeared in the mid-nineteenth century, however, when the "myth" was deliberately used to fuel anthropology's oldest and most successful hoax. Ellingson's narrative follows the career of anthropologist John Crawfurd, whose political ambition and racist agenda were well served by his construction of what was manifestly a myth of savage nobility. Generations of anthropologists have accepted the existence of the myth as fact, and Ellingson makes clear the extent to which the misdirection implicit in this circumstance can enter into struggles over human rights and racial equality.

His examination of the myth's influence in the late twentieth century, ranging from the World Wide Web to anthropological debates and political confrontations, rounds out this fascinating study.

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. This was a lot more interesting and readable than I thought it would be. It explores the idea of the "Noble Savage" and of "Savages" in general in Western thought since around The top 3 pros to this book are: 1 There is a huge cast of people who show up in this book. On a related note, the notes and references are fantastically comprehensive, and I appreciate that the year is included in-text for every reference.

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This makes the account all the more comprehensive. To give a sense of how that section has aged, the chapter on the "World Wide Web" includes links to a geocities site. I skipped this section entirely. Format: Paperback.

Some features of this site may not work without it. Francois le Vaillant and the myth of the noble savage : a Frenchman in eighteenth-century Southern Africa Lloyd, David.

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Date: Type: Article. Abstract: Inheriting a dualistic value system, Europeans often perceived the people they encountered on their voyages of exploration in terms of Manichean polarities of good and evil. Thus, the concepts of the noble and ignoble savage were born.

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Stereotypes of the ignoble savage dominated writing about southern Africa for much of the colonial period and even later. However, the French explorer and disciple of Rousseau, Francois le Vaillant, in the last quarter of the eighteenth century temporarily overturned the dominant notion by depicting black subjects beyond the colonial borders as being inherently noble, despite some contradictions in his work. Others, such as the liberal-minded Thomas Pringle, followed his example of portraying indigenous inhabitants positively, but by the s the tradition had largely died out owing to ideological pressures required to justify increased imperial domination of the subcontinent.