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Materials of the Mind – Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920 - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920

James Poskett


This book reconstructs the global history of phrenology-the most popular mental science of the Victorian age-through a close study of its material culture. In doing so, it provides an answer to a basic but important question facing historians of science today: what exactly is a global history of science? This book argues that historians of science need to study the relationship between the global as an analytic category and the global as an actors' category. On the one hand, phrenology traveled across national, regional, and imperial borders in material form. Skulls were collected in China and ... More

Keywords: phrenology, global history, history of science, race, material culture, empire, mind, scientific racism, intellectual history

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226626758
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226626895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Poskett, author
University of Warwick

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