From Savage to Negro Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954

ISBN-10: 0520211685
ISBN-13: 9780520211681
Edition: 1998
Authors: Lee D. Baker
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/23/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Lee D. Baker explores what racial categories mean to the American public and how these meanings are reinforced by anthropology, popular culture, and the law. Focusing on the period between two landmark Supreme Court decisions--Plessy v. Ferguson(the so-called "separate but equal" doctrine established in 1896) andBrown v. Board of Education(the public school desegregation decision of 1954)--Baker shows how racial categories change over time. Baker paints a vivid picture of the relationships between specific African American and white scholars, who orchestrated a paradigm shift within the social sciences from ideas based on Social Darwinism to those based on cultural relativism. He demonstrates that the greatest impact on the way the law codifies racial differences has been made by organizations such as the NAACP, which skillfully appropriated the new social science to exploit the politics of the Cold War.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
History and Theory of a Racialized Worldview
The Ascension of Anthropology as Social Darwinism
Anthropology in American Popular Culture
Progressive-Era Reform: Holding on to Hierarchy
Rethinking Race at the Turn of the Century: W. E. B. Du Bois and Franz Boas
The New Negro and Cultural Politics of Race
Looking behind the Veil with the Spy Glass of Anthropology
Unraveling the Boasian Discourse
Anthropology and the Fourteenth Amendment
The Color-Blind Bind
Time Line of Major Events
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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