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History of Anthropology #8: Volksgeist as Method and Ethic: Essays on Boasian Ethnography and the German Anthropological Traditionby George W., Jr. Stocking
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Franz Boas, the major founding figure of anthropology as a discipline in the United States, came to America from Germany in 1886. This volume in the highly acclaimed History of Anthropology series is the first extensive scholarly exploration of Boas' roots in the German intellectual tradition and late nineteenth-century German anthropology, and offers a new perspective on the historical development of ethnography in the United States.
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Eight essays including one by Boas himself tracing the German intellectual influences and traditions that helped to shaped the enthographic practices of the man considered to be the founding figure of US anthropology. The lineage draws lines from Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt through Ritter, Ratzel, Waitz, and Bastian to Boas. Drawing on research and letters, the cultural forces that shaped Boas' s ideas are explored and pitted against the problematic aspects of his work with Native American groups, particularly with the Kwakiutl people and California Indians. Includes photographs.
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About the Author
George W. Stocking, Jr., is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago. He is editor of the History of Anthropology series published by the University of Wisconsin Press and the author of After Tylor: British Social Anthropology, 1888-1951; Victorian Anthropology; Race, Culture, and Evolution; and The Ethnographers Magic. In 1993, he was awarded the Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
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