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Author Teslow, Tracy, 1964- author.

Title Constructing race : the science of bodies and cultures in American anthropology / Tracy Teslow
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 399 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Race, anthropology, and the American public: an introductory essay -- Franz Boas and race: history, environment, heredity -- Order for a disordered world: The Races of Mankind at the Field Museum of Natural History -- Mounting The Races of Mankind: anthropology and art, race and culture -- Harry Shapiro's Boasian racial science -- Rejecting race, embracing man? Ruth Benedict's race and culture -- Alternatives to race? Ethnicity, genetics, biology
Summary This book explores how physical anthropologists struggled to understand variation in bodies and cultures in the twentieth century
"Constructing Race helps unravel the complicated and intertwined history of race and science in America. Tracy Teslow explores how physical anthropologists in the twentieth century struggled to understand the complexity of human physical and cultural variation, and how their theories were disseminated to the public through art, museum exhibitions, books, and pamphlets. In their attempts to explain the history and nature of human peoples, anthropologists persistently saw both race and culture as critical components. This is at odds with a broadly accepted account that suggests racial science was fully rejected by scientists and the public following World War II. This book offers a corrective, showing that both race and culture informed how anthropologists and the public understood human variation from 1900 through the decades following the war. The book offers new insights into the work of Franz Boas, Ruth Benedict, and Ashley Montagu, as well as less well-known figures, including Harry Shapiro, Gene Weltfish, and Henry Field"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (EBL platform, viewed September 9, 2016)
SUBJECT Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.) -- Exhibitions
Century of Progress International Exposition fast
Subject Physical anthropology -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Race -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Somatotypes -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Race awareness -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Racism in anthropology -- United States -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Race awareness
Racism in anthropology
Physical anthropology
Race -- Social aspects
United States
Genre/Form History
Exhibition catalogs
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781139958608