Charles King - Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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Monday, August 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

King, professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown, follows his acclaimed narrative histories of Istanbul and Odessa with a rich group portrait of the pioneers of cultural anthropology. Centering on Franz Boas (1858-1942), the Columbia anthropologist who developed the term “cultural relativism,” the book traces the shift from seeing human behavior in terms of biology to viewing it as a product of culture and learning. King chronicles Boas’s groundbreaking experiments and guides us through the field work of his students—Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ella Deloria.

 

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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385542197
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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

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