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    What is Armchair Anthropology? Observational Practices in 19th-Century British Human Sciences.Efram Sera-Shriar - 2014 - History of the Human Sciences 27 (2):26-40.
    The study of human diversity in the first half of the 19th century has traditionally been categorized as a type of armchair-based natural history. If we are to take seriously this characterization of the discipline it requires further unpacking. Armchair anthropology was not a passive pursuit, with minimal analytical reflection that simply synthesized the materials of other writers. Nor was it detached from the activities of informants who were collecting and recording data in the field. Practitioners in the 19th century (...)
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    Observing Human Difference: James Hunt, Thomas Huxley and Competing Disciplinary Strategies in the 1860s.Efram Sera-Shriar - 2013 - Annals of Science 70 (4):461-491.
    During the 1860s the sciences relating to human diversity were undergoing significant intellectual and methodological changes. The older generation of practitioners including James Cowles Prichard, Thomas Hodgkin and John Crawfurd were slowly passing away. Recognising that there was an opportunity to take a leading role in reforming the study of human variation, two competing intellectual camps vied for control of the nascent discipline; anthropologists led by James Hunt, and ethnologists led by Thomas Huxley. Taking their observational practices and vocational strategies (...)
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    Human History and Deep Time in Nineteenth-Century British Sciences: An Introduction.Efram Sera-Shriar - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51:19-22.
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    Arctic Observers: Richard King, Monogenism and the Historicisation of Inuit Through Travel Narratives.Efram Sera-Shriar - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51:23-31.
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    Credible Witnessing: A. R. Wallace, Spiritualism, and a “New Branch of Anthropology”.Efram Sera-Shriar - 2020 - Modern Intellectual History 17 (2):357-384.
    This paper situates Alfred Russel Wallace's spiritualist writings from his book Miracles and Modern Spiritualism against the backdrop of Victorian anthropology. It examines how he constructed his argument, and the ways in which he verified the trustworthiness of his evidence using theories and methods drawn from anthropology. Spirit investigations relied on personal testimony. Thus the key question was: who could be trusted as a credible witness? While much has been written on Wallace's inquiries into spirit phenomena, very little scholarship has (...)
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    Qureshi, Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire, and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Pp. Vii + 382 ISBN 978-0-266-70096-0. £29.00. [REVIEW]Efram Sera-Shriar - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Science 45 (4):690-691.
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    Jonathan Lamb, Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017. Pp. 328. ISBN 978-0-691-14782-6. £27.95. [REVIEW]Efram Sera-Shriar - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Science 50 (4):732-734.
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    Daniela Bleichmar, Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visible Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2012. Pp. Xii+286. ISBN 978-0-226-05853-5. £33.50. [REVIEW]Efram Sera-Shriar - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Science 46 (3):527-529.
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    Ursula DeYoung. A Vision of Modern Science: John Tyndall and the Role of the Scientist in Victorian Culture. 280 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. $85. [REVIEW]Efram Sera-Shriar - 2012 - Isis 103 (2):412-413.
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    The Correspondence of Michael Faraday.Efram Sera-Shriar - 2015 - Annals of Science 72 (3):401-406.
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