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Reassembling The Social Organization

Collaboration and Digital Media in (Re)making Boas’s 1897 Book

Aaron Glass, Judith Berman, and Rainer Hatoum

On 7 June 1920, George Hunt—Indigenous ethnographer among the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw of British Columbia—wrote to Franz Boas regarding the first major publication of their long collaboration: “Now about the book with the many illustrations. There are so

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Durkheim's Effervescence and Its Maussian Afterlife in Medical Anthropology

Elisabeth Hsu

, Durkheim therefore speaks of homo duplex . Questions of authorship: Durkheim, Mauss and Franz Boas It is generally acknowledged that scholarly interest and research in the career of the concept of ‘effervescence’ in Durkheim's thought was revived

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Exhibition Review Essay and Reviews

Emily Stokes-Rees, Blaire M. Moskowitz, Moira Sun, and Jordan Wilson

. n.d. “ Permanent Exhibition: Shanghai Museum of Glass .” (accessed 13 September 2019 ). The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology Exhibition at the

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“Like Alice through the Looking Glass”

Claude Lévi-Strauss in New York

Vincent Debaene

What were the significance and the impact, for Claude Lévi-Strauss, of his experience as a refugee in New York between May 1941 and December 1944? If one follows Lévi-Strauss's late reconstructions, his exile appears surprisingly as an almost enchanted experience, marked by various encounters (Roman Jakobson, André Breton, Franz Boas), the first contact with North-West Coast Amerindian art, and the discovery of New York, an almost surrealistic city “where anything seemed possible.” Without contesting such an a posteriori reading, this article shows how such a reconstruction has been made possible through a complex reorganization of a traumatizing past. It then appears that the exile, and its remembrance in later texts, played a pivotal role in the development of Lévi-Strauss's anthropological work to come: his experience as a refugee was at the root of his reinvention of symbolism as well as of his reflections on humanity as a whole.

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The Passion of Anthropology in the U.S., circa 2007

George E. Marcus

For me, since the 1980s, the distinctive event in the recent history of social and cultural anthropology in the United States has been a profound cutting of the discipline (or rather of this influential component of the four-field disciplinary organisation of general anthropology) from moorings that defined it through much of the twentieth century. Certainly the discipline is still wedded functionally to certain aspects of the institutional model which has shaped the identity of social and cultural anthropologists, as pioneered through the works of such figures as Bronislaw Malinowski in England and Franz Boas in the United States. Most anthropologists still begin their careers with a geographical area specialisation outside the U.S. However, few receive the intensive areas studies education that was available and encouraged in the U.S. during the 1950s through to the 1970s when, in the atmosphere of the Cold War and development studies, there was a huge investment in such interdisciplinary programmes that has since waned.

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Anthropology, Art, and Folklore

Competing Visions of Museum Collecting in Early Twentieth-Century America

Ira Jacknis

anthropologists at the American Museum of Natural History: Franz Boas and the Anthropology department's curators and collecting agents. Another critical guide, somewhat apart, was independent scholar Zelia Nuttall (1857–1933), an archeologist and ethnohistorian

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Book Review

Koen Stroeken

characteristics that seemed objective, such as ‘negro’, ‘bastard’, or ‘Bantu’. Anthropology as we know it today could only take off with the complete shift advocated by Franz Boas against Nazi racial science through a ‘bottom-up’ approach in research methodology

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The Concept of the “Field” in Early Soviet Ethnography

A Northern Perspective

Dmitry V. Arzyutov and Sergei A. Kan

be considered as follows: 1) the field project of Franz Boas, partially carried out by his Russian students and colleagues Bogoraz and Shternberg; 2) conceptualization and Sovietization of the field in the lectures and programs of Bogoraz and

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Problematising Boundaries and ‘Hierarchies of Knowledge’ within European Anthropologies

Alessandro Testa

simplistic dichotomies like colonisers/colonised crumble to dust not only by refining arguments and augmenting complexity, but also, and especially, when closer scrutiny is applied: Franz Boas was a German in America, Bronisław Malinowski a Pole (born Austro

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Globalizing the Intellectual History of Democracy

Samuel Moyn and Jean-Paul Gagnon

West” did not stem from the very lopsided but still participatory processes of global domination that we want to overcome. A good example comes from recent debates about the legacy of the cultural pluralism of Franz Boas and his students (see, for