2-3 American culture concept

2-3 American culture concept - The skull doctors The...

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1 The “culture” concept American contribution to sociocultural anthropology The “skull doctors” ± Supplied pseudo-scientific argument for the American institutionalization of slavery. ± No consensus: some were proponents of “social Darwinism”… others were essentially creationists. ² Samuel George Morton (1799-1851) ² Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) ² Francis Galton (1822-1911) ² Robert Bennett Bean (1874-1944) From Types of Mankind: Ethnological Researches (Ed. Samuel George Morton, pub. 1854)
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2 Immigrant tested for mental disability with a wooden puzzle. (Ellis Island, New York, circa 1907) Franz Boas (1858-1942) ± The founding father of American anthropology: “Papa Franz” Franz Boas - posing for figure in US Museum of Natural History, circa 1895. • Cultures are distinct due to their distinct histories. • Culture is already determined: it is historically contingent, and geographically bound. • Culture is conservative; it
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