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Utter Confusion and Contradiction: Franz Boas and the Problem of Human Complexion

Martha Hodes

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

In the late nineteenth century, Franz Boas joined other men of science who sought to establish a rational method of labeling and organizing variations in human complexion. For Boas, it was imperative ... More


Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas: Anthropology, Equality / Diversity, and World Peace

James Tully

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter attempts to rediscover the world of Franz Boas by examining his work on two general (non-Indigenous) world visions. The first is the worldview or picture (Weltanschauung or Weltbild) of ... More


Expressive Enlightenment: Subjectivity and Solidarity in Daniel Garrison Brinton, Franz Boas, and Carlos Montezuma

Ryan Carr

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter considers Franz Boas's affiliations with American ethnologist Daniel Garrison Brinton and Yavapai doctor, pamphleteer, and founding member of the Society of American Indians, Carlos ... More


Colors and Cultures: Evolution, Biology, and Society

Michael Rossi

in The Republic of Color: Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226651729
eISBN:
9780226651866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226651866.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter follows the role of color perception in transforming definitions of “culture” in American anthropology, medicine, and politics. The question of whether all “races” of people saw color in ... More


“Culture” Crosses the Atlantic: The German Sources of The Mind of Primitive Man

Harry Liebersohn

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter explores the Franz Boas's German sources and how he used them, focusing on his book The Mind of Primitive Man. Boas was a proud graduate of the German research university, and after his ... More


Of Two Minds About Minding Language in Culture

Michael Silverstein

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

Analyzing Franz Boas's critically new insights under the lens of philology, this chapter redefines Boasian linguistics as a globalizing mode of mutual enlightenment through the exchange of ... More


Why White People Love Franz Boas; or, The Grammar of Indigenous Dispossession

Audra Simpson

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter explores the significance of Franz Boas's treatise on race and culture, The Mind of Primitive Man, attending to the text through a reading of its articulation of social ideals and their ... More


Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Ned Blackhawk and Isaiah Lorado Wilner (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This book is a compelling study that charts the influence of indigenous thinkers on Franz Boas, the founder of modern anthropology. In 1911, the publication of Franz Boas's The Mind of Primitive Man ... More


Franz Boas in Africana Philosophy

Lewis R. Gordon

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter discusses how Franz Boas's contributions to Africana thought make him an Africana thinker. Boas's arguments ultimately showed the error in making whites the standard for all other ... More


A Two-Headed Thinker: Rüdiger Bilden, Gilberto Freyre, and the Reinvention of Brazilian Identity

Maria Lúcia Pallares-Burke

in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300196511
eISBN:
9780300235678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196511.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter discusses how the creative use of Franz Boas's ideas to analyze Brazilian culture and society and to “discover” Brazil for the Brazilians was the work of two scholars, the Brazilian ... More


Scenes of Human Science

in The Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804757003
eISBN:
9780804779586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804757003.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835) classified languages into families and developed a general linguistic typology. His major theoretical work on language, Über die Verschiedenheit des menschlichen ... More


The Community of Cosmo

in The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226871820
eISBN:
9780226871844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226871844.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter begins with a description of the work of Franz Boas, the German anthropologist who brought Humboldt's ideas back to the United States and used them to remake American anthropology, ... More


Is It Noise, or Is It Music?

Harry Liebersohn

in Music and the New Global Culture: From the Great Exhibitions to the Jazz Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226621265
eISBN:
9780226649306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226649306.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Helmholtz and developed his own experimental London’s significance as a site for global musical resources and global comparison overlapped with the rise of Berlin as capital of a newly prosperous, ... More


American Linguistics, 1900–1940

John A. Goldsmith and Bernard Laks

in Battle in the Mind Fields

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226550800
eISBN:
9780226550947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550947.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter looks at the rise of American linguistics in the first four decades of the twentieth century, contrasting the very different views of Edward Sapir and Leonard Bloomfield. Sapir ... More


Colonial Encounters of First Peoples and First Anthropologists in British Columbia, Canada: Listening to the Late Nineteenth-Century Voices of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition

Catherine C. Carlson and Alice B. Kehoe

in Archaeologies of Listening

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813056241
eISBN:
9780813058054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056241.003.0013
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

The earliest professional anthropological fieldwork undertaken within the Canadian province of British Columbia was by Harlan Smith, 1897-1899, sponsored by Franz Boas’ Jesup North Pacific ... More


Time Immemorial

Kerwin Lee IZlein

in Frontiers of Historical Imagination: Narrating the European Conquest of Native America, 1890-1990

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520204638
eISBN:
9780520924185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520204638.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the anthropologists and ethnographers' view of the history of the American frontier. Anthropologists such as Franz Boas described the encounter of Europeans and Native ... More


Mexican Indigenismo and the International Fraternity of Science

Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt

in Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910-1950

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469636405
eISBN:
9781469636429
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636405.003.0002
Subject:
History, Latin American History

Mexican racial science developed in close relation to foreign scholars and institutions including Corrado Gini of Italy, a proponent of Latin eugenics, Franz Boas, the Carnegie Institution in ... More


Conjure Queen: Zora Neale Hurston and Black Folk Culture

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter provides a comparative look at Zora Neale Hurston’s brief career as a trained anthropologist and her experiences with the Federal Writers’ Project as a member of Florida’s segregated ... More


Addressing the Critics

Michael Horace Barnes

in Stages of Thought: The Co-Evolution of Religious Thought and Science

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396270
eISBN:
9780199852482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396270.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Theories of cultural evolution in general face hostile criticism and Piagetian categories only seem to make things worse. Whether there is indeed a pattern of development of styles of thought across ... More


Migration, U.S. Race Thinking, and Pan-American Anthropology

Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt

in Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910-1950

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469636405
eISBN:
9781469636429
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636405.003.0003
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter explores US debates over immigration and race that took shape within new academic disciplines and new institutions, including the National Research Council and the Social Science ... More


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