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The Resource Gods of the upper air : how a circle of renegade anthropologists reinvented race, sex, and gender in the twentieth century, Charles King

Gods of the upper air : how a circle of renegade anthropologists reinvented race, sex, and gender in the twentieth century, Charles King

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Gods of the upper air : how a circle of renegade anthropologists reinvented race, sex, and gender in the twentieth century
Title
Gods of the upper air
Title remainder
how a circle of renegade anthropologists reinvented race, sex, and gender in the twentieth century
Statement of responsibility
Charles King
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At the end of the 19th century, everyone knew that people were defined by their race and sex and were fated by birth and biology to be more or less intelligent, able, nurturing, or warlike. But one rogue researcher looked at the data and decided everyone was wrong. Franz Boas was the very image of a mad scientist: a wild-haired immigrant with a thick German accent. By the 1920s he was also the foundational thinker and public face of a new school of thought at Columbia University called cultural anthropology. He proposed that cultures did not exist on a continuum from primitive to advanced. Instead, every society solves the same basic problems -- from childrearing to how to live well -- with its own set of rules, beliefs, and taboos. Boas's students were some of the century's intellectual stars: Margaret Mead, the outspoken field researcher whose Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read works of social science of all time; Ruth Benedict, the great love of Mead's life, whose research shaped post-Second World War Japan; Ella Deloria, the Dakota Sioux activist who preserved the traditions of Native Americans of the Great Plains; and Zora Neale Hurston, whose studies under Boas fed directly into her now-classic novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Together, they mapped vanishing civilizations from the Arctic to the South Pacific and overturned the relationship between biology and behavior. Their work reshaped how we think of women and men, normalcy and deviance, and re-created our place in a world of many cultures and value systems. Gods of the Upper Air is a page-turning narrative of radical ideas and adventurous lives, a history rich in scandal, romance, and rivalry, and a genesis story of the fluid conceptions of identity that define our present moment"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
King, Charles
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN308.3.U6
LC item number
K55 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boas, Franz
  • Mead, Margaret
  • Benedict, Ruth
  • Deloria, Ella Cara
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Anthropologists
  • Women anthropologists
  • Anthropology
Target audience
adult
Label
Gods of the upper air : how a circle of renegade anthropologists reinvented race, sex, and gender in the twentieth century, Charles King
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 431 pages
Isbn
9780385542197
Lccn
2019014081
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Ownership
*
System control number
  • 3597846
  • 1965246
  • 484358
Label
Gods of the upper air : how a circle of renegade anthropologists reinvented race, sex, and gender in the twentieth century, Charles King
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 431 pages
Isbn
9780385542197
Lccn
2019014081
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Ownership
*
System control number
  • 3597846
  • 1965246
  • 484358

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