Anthropology and Eugenics
in the Interwar Period

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Photo, c. 1918. Kwakuitl Bear dance, from the movie "In the Land of the Headhunters"


Lecture Outline#18:

1. THE ASSAULT ON EUROPEAN CULTURE: ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE 1920S

A. The decline of the armchair [evolutionist] anthropologist
B. Functionalism and the fieldworker
C. Functionalist Fieldwork and the New Primitivism

2. SHORING UP SUPREMACY: EUGENICS IN THE INTERWAR PERIOD

A. Politics and eugenics in the 1920s
B. The decline and fall of eugenics: from race to population studies

KEYWORDS
Franz Boas
functionalism
Bronislaw Malinowski
Margaret Mead
Galton
eugenics
biometry
 

SITES OF INTEREST
Ruth Benedict
Margaret Mead
The Indian groups of the NW Coast.
A history of the NW Coast
Anthropologists
Madison Grant and the Racialist Movement
The Eugenics Movement in the U.S.
Galton

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