Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865-1946

Title

Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865-1946

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Description

Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865–1946 reveals an important story that speaks directly to contemporary issues as historians of science, social science and humanities begin to re-evaluate the nature, content, and role of indigenous and folk knowledge systems. Eckstorm's life and work illustrate the constant tension between local lay knowledge and the more privileged scientific production of academics that increasingly dominated the field from the early twentieth century. At the time Eckstorm was writing, the growth in professionalism and eclipse of the amateur led to a reorganization of knowledge. As increasing specialization defined the academy, indigenous knowledge systems were dismissed as unscientific and born of ignorance. Eckstorm recognized and lauded the innate value of traditional knowledge that could fell trees in the interior of Maine and ship them internationally as finished lumber.

ISBN

9780739179109

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Lexington Books

City

Lanham, MD

Keywords

Ethnology, Women anthropologists, Women folklorists, Historians, Historiography, Biography, Maine

Disciplines

Anthropology | History | Social and Cultural Anthropology | United States History