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Franz Boas, Social Activist Vol. 6

The Dynamics of Ethnicity

Franz Boas, Social Activist( )
Author: Hyatt, Marshall
Boas, Franz
Series title:Contributions to the Study of Anthropology Ser.
ISBN:978-0-313-27320-9
Publication Date:Jun 1990
Publisher:ABC-CLIO, LLC
Imprint:Praeger
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $66.00
Book Description:

Considered the father of modern American anthropology, Franz Boas introduced the relativistic, culture-centered methods and principles of inquiry that continue to dominate the field. This study analyzes the development of his thought and his contributions to racial and ethnic theory in the context of his own ethnicity and personal experience with persecution. The author focuses primarily on Boas's attempt to fuse science with political and social activism--an effort to insure that...
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Hyatt, Marshall (Author)
Franz Boas, a German-born American anthropologist, became the most influential anthropologist of his time. He left Germany because of its antiliberal and anti-Semitic climate. As a Columbia University professor for 37 years (1899-1936), he created both the field of anthropology and the modern concept of culture. Boas played a key role in organizing the American Anthropological Association (AAA) as an umbrella organization for the emerging field. At both Columbia and the AAA, Boas encouraged the "four field" concept of anthropology; he personally contributed to physical anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, as well as cultural anthropology. His work in these fields was pioneering. Both directly and through the influence of such students as Ruth Benedict, Melville J. Herskovits, Alfred L. Kroeber, and Margaret Mead, he set the agenda for all subsequent American cultural anthropology.

In His lifetime Boas had many leadership roles including: Assistant curator at the American Museum of Natural History; editor of The Journal of American Folklore; president of the New York Academy of Sciences, and founder of the International Journal of American Linguistics.

Boas is the author of hundreds of scientific monographs and articles. He died in 1942.

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