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The Boasians

Founding Fathers and Mothers of American Anthropology

William Y. Adams

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This book is a study in depth of the work of Franz Boas and twenty of his students at Columbia University in the early years of the twentieth century. Collectively they laid the entire institutional as well as the intellectual foundations of American anthropology as it exists today. The book begins with a discussion of the historical context of Boasian anthropology, and an overview of its nature and limitations. The work of Boas and his leading students is then discussed in detail, including biographical data, a review and critique of their research, a review in detail of each of their major publications, and an overall assessment of their contribution to anthropology, as seen in their own time and today. « less more »
Hamilton Books
Pages: 356Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7618-6802-6 • Paperback • September 2016 • $38.99 • (£24.95)
978-0-7618-6803-3 • eBook • September 2016 • $36.99 • (£24.95)
William Y. Adams was a student of Robert H. Lowie at the University of California, and is thus a second-generation Boasian. As a professor of anthropology he taught 33 different courses, and has published 22 books. He has done ethnological fieldwork in the U.S. Southwest, where he grew up, and archaeological fieldwork in both the Southwest and the Nile Valley.
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PART ONE: BACKGROUND
  1. Introduction
  2. Antecedents and circumstances
  3. The founding grandfather: Franz Boas, 1858–1942
PART TWO: THE FOUNDING FATHERS
  1. Clark Wissler, 1870–1947
  2. A. L. Kroeber, 1876–1960
  3. Robert H. Lowie, 1883–1957
  4. Edward Sapir, 1884–1939
  5. Paul Radin, 1883–1959
  6. Melville J. Herskovits, 1895–1963
  7. The journeymen
Frank G. Speck, 1881–1950
Alexander Goldenweiser, 1880–1940
Fay-Cooper Cole, 1881–1961
Leslie Spier, 1893–1961
Melville Jacobs, 1902–1971
Alexander Lesser, 1902–1982
PART THREE: THE FOUNDING MOTHERS
  1. Elsie Clews Parsons, 1874–1941
  2. Ruth Benedict, 1887–1948
  3. Margaret Mead, 1901–1978
  4. The handmaidens
Gladys Reichard, 1893–1955
Erna Gunther, 1896–1982
Esther Goldfrank, 1896–1997
Ruth Bunzel, 1898–1990
Gene Weltfish, 1902–1980
Ruth Underhill, 1883–1984
Marian W. Smith, 1907–1961
Zora Neale Hurston, 1901(?)–1960
PART FOUR: RETROSPECTIVE
  1. Achievements and failures
  2. The legacies
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