Robert E. Kohler, Inside Science: Stories from the Field in Human and Animal Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019), 264 pp., $35.00 Cloth, ISBN: 9780226617985
- 8 Downloads
Robert Kohler’s book examines anthropological and sociological studies of humans, primates, and birds during the twentieth century that were primarily performed in the United States. He aims to put actions and events into the context in which they happen. To do so, he has chosen individuals for whom there exists rich biographical information, allowing him to analyze them personally and professionally. He deftly weaves together their research, backgrounds, and experiences to explain the person’s motivations and methods, and to assess periods of self-doubt, triumph, and tribulation. Some of Kohler’s historical actors will be familiar names, and others may not: Bronislaw Malinowski, Nels Anderson, William Whyte, Jane Goodall, Aldo Leopold, Herbert Stoddard, and Paul Errington.
Overall, Kohler’s book effectively calls into question the standard scientific norm of desituating science in which a scientist seeks universal truths and knowledge that can be “true everywhere, in any context, and...