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The Franz Boas enigma : Inuit, Arctic, and sciences

Author: Ludger Müller-Wille
Publisher: Montréal : Baraka Books, 2014.
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Addressing, for the first time, the enigma of how Franz Boas came to be the central founder of anthropology and a driving force in the acceptance of science as part of societal life in North America, this exploration breaks through the linguistic and cultural barriers that have prevented scholars from grasping the importance of Boas's personal background and academic activities as a German Jew. Müller-Wille argues  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Franz Boas enigma.
(CaOONL)2014900088X
Named Person: Franz Boas; Franz Boas; Franz Boas
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ludger Müller-Wille
ISBN: 9781771860154 1771860154 9781771860147 1771860146
OCLC Number: 869038837
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Copyright; Table of Contents; List of Figures; Abbreviations; Dedication; Foreword; Introduction: Franz Boas, Inuit, Arctic, and Sciences; 1." ... the elementary relationship between land and people ... ": Geographical and Ethnological Paradigms; 2. Early Geographical Studies, 1881-1883: Inuit Occupancy in the Arctic; 3. Arctic Research and Publicity, 1883-1885: Articles in Germany and the United States; 4. Life with Inuit and Whalers, 1883-1884: ""I am now truly just like a typical Eskimo""; 5. Pathways in Geography and Ethnology, 1884-1886: Inuit, Environment, and Beliefs. 6. The American Period, September 1884 --
March 1885: Searching for Scientific Grounding and Responses7. Return to Germany, March 1885 --
July 1886: Seeking and Testing Academic Pursuits in Geography; 8. Baffin-Land --
Surveys and Inuit Place Names, 1885: Coping with Map Design and Language; 9. Vagaries of Arctic Geography, 1886: Landscapes and Human Occupancy; 10. Getting settled in the United States, 1886-1888: Ethnological and Geographical Writings; 11. Inuit Tales and Lexicon, Arctic Iceand Climate, 1887-1894: Assessing Culture, Language, and Nature. 12. Lasting Contributions by Franz Boas: Knowledge, Science, and Universality of EqualityAcknowledgements; List of People; Bibliography; Archival Sources; Publications by Franz Boas; References; Index; More from Baraka Books; Back Cover.
Responsibility: Ludger Müller-Wille ; foreword by Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt.

Abstract:

Addressing, for the first time, the enigma of how Franz Boas came to be the central founder of anthropology and a driving force in the acceptance of science as part of societal life in North America, this exploration breaks through the linguistic and cultural barriers that have prevented scholars from grasping the importance of Boas's personal background and academic activities as a German Jew. Müller-Wille argues that to fully appreciate Boas's complete scientific and literary opus and deep emotional and intellectual attachment to the upbringing that shaped his life, it is crucial to become f.

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