By Lee D. Baker
Baker argues that the idea that of tradition built via ethnologists to appreciate American Indian languages and customs within the 19th century shaped the root of the anthropological thought of race ultimately used to confront “the Negro challenge” within the 20th century. As he explores the results of anthropology’s various methods to African american citizens and local american citizens, and the field’s assorted yet overlapping theories of race and tradition, Baker delves into the careers of renowned anthropologists and ethnologists, together with James Mooney Jr., Frederic W. Putnam, Daniel G. Brinton, and Franz Boas. His research takes under consideration not just medical societies, journals, museums, and universities, but in addition the advance of sociology within the usa, African American and local American activists and intellectuals, philanthropy, the media, and govt entities from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the splendid court docket. In Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture, Baker tells how anthropology has either spoke back to and assisted in shaping rules approximately race and tradition within the usa, and the way its rules were appropriated (and misappropriated) to wildly diverse ends.
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