From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954 / Edition 1

From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954 / Edition 1

by Lee D. Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520211685

ISBN-13: 9780520211681

Pub. Date: 11/23/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

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) and Brown v. Board of Education (the public school…  See more details below

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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) and Brown 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.

Author Biography: Lee D. Baker is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Columbia University and Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520211681
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/23/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
313
Sales rank:
679,045
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1History and Theory of a Racialized Worldview11
Ch. 2The Ascension of Anthropology as Social Darwinism26
Ch. 3Anthropology in American Popular Culture54
Ch. 4Progressive-Era Reform: Holding on to Hierarchy81
Ch. 5Rethinking Race at the Turn of the Century: W. E. B. Du Bois and Franz Boas99
Ch. 6The New Negro and Cultural Politics of Race127
Ch. 7Looking behind the Veil with the Spy Glass of Anthropology143
Ch. 8Unraveling the Boasian Discourse168
Ch. 9Anthropology and the Fourteenth Amendment188
Ch. 10The Color-Blind Bind208
AppTime Line of Major Events229
Notes239
Bibliography287
Index313

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