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Authors : Kathryn Graber, Joshua O. Reno
Title: Editors' Remarks
Publication Info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library

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Source: Editors' Remarks
Kathryn Graber, Joshua O. Reno

vol. 16, no. 1, 2006
Issue title: Retrospectives: Works and Lives of Michigan Anthropologists
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Editors’ Remarks

In this, our sixteenth numbered volume, MDIA departs from our usual subject matter to explore the history of anthropology at the University of Michigan. MDIA emerged from conversations in the Department of Anthropology involving many of the scholars discussed herein, and the journal has been continually enlivened and enriched by their contributions. In the bibliographies you will find numerous references to MDIA and to our precursor, Michigan Papers in Anthropology. Among the founding members of MDIA were Raymond Kelly and Roy Rappaport, who served on the Provisional Editorial Committee and contributed to MDIA’s first issue in 1975. It is thus only appropriate that this volume be dedicated to our forbears in the Department of Anthropology.

Because this issue contains retrospective accounts—a literary genre with an inherently personal, reflexive nature—its pages include far more flexibility in terms of style and content than is typical of our volumes. Only through such a variety of approaches, including transcribed interviews, autobiographical reflections, and poems, could we adequately embody our complex subject matter: the lives and works of eight scholars who have been seminal for the discipline of anthropology and its development in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

As a valuable addition to the volume and a service to the general academic community, our issue editor Derek Brereton proposed that we include bibliographic lists of substantial works by each U of M scholar represented herein. These can be found in the back of the volume for each individual with the exception of Leslie White, the subject of William Peace’s introduction. An extensive bibliography for White is already available in Peace’s exceptional intellectual biography, Leslie A. White: Evolution and Revolution in Anthropology (2004).

Due to the skill and personal insights of each of our contributors, MDIA has produced in this issue one of the best volumes in its brief (but animated!) history. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in this special volume.

Kathryn Graber and Joshua O. Reno,

Managing Editors