Materials of the Mind

Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920

James Poskett

Materials of the Mind

James Poskett

360 pages | 47 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226626758 Will Publish May 2019
E-book $45.00 ISBN: 9780226626895 Will Publish May 2019
Phrenology was the most popular mental science of the Victorian age. From American senators to Indian social reformers, this new mental science found supporters stretching around the globe. Materials of the Mind tells the story of how phrenology changed the world—and how the world changed phrenology.
 
This is a story of skulls from the Arctic, plaster casts from Haiti, books from Bengal, and letters from the Pacific. Drawing on far-flung museum and archival collections, and addressing sources in six different languages, Materials of the Mind is the first substantial account of science in the nineteenth century as part of global history. It shows how the circulation of material culture underpinned the emergence of a new materialist philosophy of the mind, while also demonstrating how a global approach to history could help us reassess issues such as race, technology, and politics today.
 
Contents
Introduction
1. Skulls
2. Casts
3. Books
4. Letters
5. Periodicals
6. Photographs
Epilogue
 
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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