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Franz Boas among the Inuit of Baffin Island 1883-1884

Franz Boas among the Inuit of Baffin Island 1883-1884( )
Author: Boas, Franz
Editor: Müller-Wille, Ludger
Introduction by: Müller-Wille, Ludger
Translator: Barr, William
Publication Date:Dec 1998
Publisher:University of Toronto Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $64.00
Book Description:

In the summer of 1883, fledgling anthropologist Franz Boas spent a year among the Inuit of Cumberland Sound, Baffin Island. This book presents in English his letters and journal entries from the year that he spent among the Inuit.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
History / Native American
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.36 x 9.27 x 1.13 Inches
Book Weight:0.002 Pounds
Author Biography
Boas, Franz (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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