Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture by Lee D. Baker

By Lee D. Baker

In the past due 19th century, if ethnologists within the usa well-known African American tradition, they generally perceived it as whatever to be triumph over and left at the back of. while, they have been devoted to salvaging “disappearing” local American tradition by means of curating gadgets, narrating practices, and recording languages. In Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture, Lee D. Baker examines theories of race and tradition constructed through American anthropologists in the course of the overdue 19th century and early 20th. He investigates the position that ethnologists performed in making a racial politics of tradition within which Indians had a tradition useful of upkeep and exhibition whereas African american citizens did not.

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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