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10/11 Lecture 4: Race, Evolution, and Culture Nature vs. culture Anthropology as social critique Understanding difference: from race to culture The development of the “culture” concept (American anthropology) As a response (rejection) to sociocultural evolutionism The world is made up of cultures with plural histories A culture needs to be understood in its own terms Cultural traits need to be understood within total culture (cultural holism) As an alternative to race (to understand culture as an analytical concept to replace race) Race in the United States History of slavery, specifically transatlantic slave trade Abolished 1864 History of immigration Primarily European in 19th century Typhoid Mary, quarantined for her race Heightened social and racial tensions during the Great Depression The rise of scientific racism (“degeneracy” and “infertility”) People of color were considered the “degenerate” race, treated as scientific fact Interracial marriages were “infertile”

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