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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.193) Chapter 6 Photographs
Materials of the Mind

James Poskett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how phrenologists used photography to enter into late nineteenth-century debates concerning the evolution of mankind. More broadly, it argues that the history of colonial photography needs to examine reception as much as production. By following a set of phrenological photographs as they traveled between India, Britain, and France, this chapter highlights how phrenological and racial photography could be contested. It also argues that we need to examine the history of racial science as it moved across different imperial spaces, taking in both the French and British empires.

Keywords:   photography, photographs, race, scientific racism, Todas, India, anthropology, France, Britain

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