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Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Ned Blackhawk and Isaiah Lorado Wilner


This book is a compelling study that charts the influence of indigenous thinkers on Franz Boas, the founder of modern anthropology. In 1911, the publication of Franz Boas's The Mind of Primitive Man challenged widely held claims about race and intelligence that justified violence and inequality. Now, this book examines how this groundbreaking work hinged on relationships with a global circle of indigenous thinkers who used Boasian anthropology as a medium for their ideas. Chapters examine how Boasian thought intersected with the work of major modernist figures, demonstrating how ideas of diver ... More

Keywords: indigenous thinkers, Franz Boas, modern anthropology, Boasian anthropology, diversity, identity

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300196511
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300196511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ned Blackhawk, editor
Yale University

Isaiah Lorado Wilner, editor
Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

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Part One Origins and Erasures: The Emergence of a Boasian Circle

Part Two Worlds of Enlightenment: Boasian Thought as Process and Practice

Part Three Routes of Race: The Transnational Networks of Ethnicity

Part Four Boasiana: The Global Flow of the Culture Concept

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