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The dawn of cultural anthropology.

Dec 2 2019

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Charles King

Franz Boas, his students and the scientific truth of human unity.

Author Charles King examines the revolutionary work and legacy of anthropologist Franz Boas and his students - overturning the heriarchical, essentialist worldview of 19th century Western societies for a radically modern, relativist understanding of humanity as diverse and varied and equally worthy of empathy and curiousity.

Charles is author of Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century from Doubleday.