By Lee D. Baker
Baker argues that the idea that of tradition constructed by means of ethnologists to appreciate American Indian languages and customs within the 19th century shaped the foundation of the anthropological inspiration of race finally used to confront “the Negro challenge” within the 20th century. As he explores the results of anthropology’s diversified ways 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 widespread anthropologists and ethnologists, together with James Mooney Jr., Frederic W. Putnam, Daniel G. Brinton, and Franz Boas. His research takes under consideration not just clinical 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 replied to and contributed to shaping rules approximately race and tradition within the usa, and the way its principles were appropriated (and misappropriated) to wildly diverse ends.
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