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Materials of the MindPhrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920$
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James Poskett

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226626758

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226626895.001.0001

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(p.19) Chapter 1 Skulls
Materials of the Mind

James Poskett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that phrenological theories of race were a product of encounters with death and burial in the colonial world. It explores this theme in three different settings: Ceylon, Egypt, and the Arctic. This chapter also demonstrates how the British Empire cannot be thought of as a homogeneous space. The practices of collecting were shaped by contrasting physical environments and regimes of colonial violence.

Keywords:   skulls, race, Egypt, Ceylon, Arctic, indigenous knowledge, collecting, museums, scientific racism

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