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1-21-08 - 1-23-08 Rise of anti-evolutionist position Franz...

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1-23-08 Rise of anti-evolutionist position Franz Boas – a German immigrant, “father of American Anthropology”, interested in diversity of human cultures; not possible to explain differences and cultures; the best we can do is study the history of an individual culture - He studied living/dead bodies, whether it was possible to group humans into races - There were tremendous differences between parents and children - Boas said there is no “hierarchy of value” - Boas was a cultural relativist; racial/cultural supremacy was not embedded in nature or in evolutionary processes - Boas talked about diffusion - Societies share ideas Columbia was the main place for anthropology Franz Boas -> Mead, Benedict, Kroeber Historical Particularism Science – Interpretation, Social Analysis Split between evolutionism and historical particularism Discuss tension between anthropology as a science/cultural analysis Tension between history and a historical description Diachrony vs. synchrony Material vs. idealism
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 002 taught by Professor Grinker during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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