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
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520211681
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/23/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
313
Sales rank:
882,043
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS, ix,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, xi,
Introduction, 1,
Chapter 1 History and Theory of a Racialized Worldview, 11,
Chapter 2 The Ascension of Anthropology as Social Darwinism, 26,
Chapter 3 Anthropology in American Popular Culture, 54,
Chapter 4 Progressive-Era Reform: Holding on to Hierarchy, 81,
Chapter 5 Rethinking Race at the Turn of the Century: W. E. B. Du Bois and Franz Boas, 99,
Chapter 6 The New Negro and Cultural Politics of Race, 127,
Chapter 7 Looking behind the Veil with the Spy Glass of Anthropology, 143,
Chapter 8 Unraveling the Boasian Discourse, 168,
Chapter 9 Anthropology and the Fourteenth Amendment, 188,
Chapter 10 The Color-Blind Bind, 208,
APPENDIX: TIME LINE OF MAJOR EVENTS, 229,
NOTES, 239,
BIBLIOGRAPHY, 287,
INDEX, 313,

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