GORER, Geoffrey

GORER, Geoffrey Edgar Solomon. London 26.3.1905 — Sussex 24.5.1985. British Anthropologist, noted for his application of psycho­analytic techniques to anthropology. Born in a non-practising Jewish family, educated at Carterhouse. Studies at Cambridge, graduated 1927. Further studies at Sorbonne 1922-23 and Berlin 1927-28. First worked as author, writing one novel and several plays (not staged). In the 1930s travelled in Sikkim, South-East Asia and Africa. In 1939 moved to the U.S.A., studied behaviorism at Yale. Returned 1947 and lived the rest of his life in Sussex. He was somewhat a dilettant and never held any academic positions. Friend of George Orwell.

Publications: Bali and Angkor, or, Looking at Life and Death. 234 p. L. 1936.

Himalayan Village. An Account of the Lepchas of Sikkim. 503 p. 32 pl. L. 1938, repr. as The L. of S. 1984.

Several books not related to South Asia.

Sources: *J. Macclancy, “G.G., ‘Britain’s Margaret Mead”, Anthropology in the Public Arena: Historical and Contemporary Contexts. 2013, 81-109; Wikipedia; archiveshub.ac.uk/data.

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