Franz Boas

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  • Franz Boas, An Anthropological Pioneer

    Franz Boas: An Anthropological Pioneer Often referred to as the “father of modern anthropology”, Franz Boas is best known for establishing the area of cultural anthropology. Having possessed a scientific background with a doctorate in physics, he was one of the first scientists of his day to question the beliefs behind social Darwinism and scientific racism, and try to come to an understanding regarding the differences among people and their cultures. Boas dedicated his life to the study of anthropology, and he used his knowledge and drive to establish anthropology at academic institutions such as Columbia University. Here, Boas helped shape the minds of many of his students who would soon become very influential anthropologists. Born into…

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  • Franz Boas Theory Of Cultural Relativism

    Anthropologist Franz Boas is well-known for promoting the concept of cultural relativism. Meaning, practices, beliefs, and ideas within a certain culture make sense within that culture. As an outsider, certain beliefs or practices of cultures that are different from our own can easily be misunderstood or interpreted incorrectly. Although cultural relativism promotes the idea of respecting and understanding the beliefs and practices of different cultures, when does a certain practice/belief…

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  • Franz Boas And Boasian Anthropology: The Father Of American Anthropology

    Archeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Linguistic Anthropology. The father of American anthropology, Franz Boas, introduced this four-field tradition through the amassing of holistic data collection through fieldwork expeditions. Although, each field has deepened our understanding of what makes us human, Boas and his students such as Edward Sapir, Alfred Kroeber, and Ruth Benedict work as sociocultural anthropologists have significantly shaped our ability to understand…

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  • Franz Boas

    Beginning in the 1920s, anthropology in America took a separate path away from the foundations of British social anthropology. Franz Boas, known as the father of American Anthropology, created a set of ideas that would revolutionize the field. His ideas included a rejection of unilinear social evolution, as well as historical particularism, or a focus on the history of a culture to find understanding. He believed that in order to fully understand the culture of a society, one must understand the…

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  • Alfred Kroeber's Theory Of Culture

    He had a large impact on the turn toward more historical data collection, which he felt would lead to the improvement of anthropological theory (Harris 1968:262). Boas thought culture was tied to a groups history and not to biology. Neo-Kantian philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey believed that, “the path to the understanding of the inner life lies through the study of an individual’s history” (Harris 1968:269). This is related to Boas’ study and research with history. To truly understand one’s…

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  • Why I Want To Study Anthropology

    psychology such as having an open mind and trying to understand where people are coming from through their behavior and mental processes. The history of anthropology is connected to psychology on the premises that both sciences are attempting to see things from another perspective. As humans we are naturally curious about things we do not possess, this is what makes these fields so interesting to me. Modern Anthropology and American Anthropology have relatively recent history compared to most…

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  • Margaret Mead And Dr. Mead's Contribution To Anthropology

    conclusion that “all anthropological scholars who studied human behavior with a camera share an interest in the cultural mechanics of body movement, locomotion, motor skills, gesture, posture, dance, the display of emotion, and space use” (Ruby 2000, 47). Therefore, as an anthropologist one should keep in mind that “the camera can only record bodies occupying space through time, it is these dimensions of culture that must be emphasized. At various times, this field has been paralinguistics and…

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  • Amish Culture Vs American Culture Essay

    contrast, French culture consists of gravies and a great deal of milk and butter. French cuisine also is quite heavy in using meat products. French meals are usually accompanied by a glass of wine and cheese. Baguettes also hold a high value in French cuisine (Murray). Moving on, traditional Indian clothes consist of saris, lehengas, dupattas, and salwar kameezes for women and kurtas, dhotis, and lungis for men (Hitton). Opposing, French culture is known for high-end fashion. The French wear…

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  • Summary Of American Anthropology By Franz Boas

    methods/theories crush on Franz Boas. Born into a liberal German family, Boas was allowed to explore a variety of topics in fields that caught his attention, including: the natural sciences, geography, history and culture. After earning a Ph.D. in physics and a brief stint in the military Boas began a yearlong scientific expedition to Baffin Island in northern Canada to collect ethnographic data on Inuit culture. This expedition rooted Boas into the field of anthropology and his later work…

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  • Unilineal Cultural Evolution Essay

    Iroquois Native Americans, his reliance on second hand accounts from travelers and missionaries failed to account for societies who did not fall in line with his general timeline. For instance, what of tribes who used irrigation but hunted with tools other than the bow and arrow? Twentieth century anthropological theory denotes a salient departure from the dogma of the preceding era. The early part of this period is characterized by the formation of distinct American, British and French…

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