Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist

Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist

by Regna Darnell

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ISBN-13: 9780803224377
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author


Regna Darnell is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and First Nations Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She is the author or editor of several books, including Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology (Nebraska 2001), and coeditor (with Frederic W. Gleach) of Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association: Presidential Portraits (Nebraska 2002).

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Preface xx

1 The Early Years 1

Columbia University 5

The Undergraduate Years 6

The Graduate Years 11

2 Apprenticeship 16

California 24

The University of Pennsylvania 29

False Starts 38

3 Ottawa: Maturity and Independence 44

Organizing Anthropological Research in Canada 49

Public Affairs 55

The Tribulations of Museum Anthropology 60

4 The Ottawa Research Team 65

Sapir's Ottawa Fieldwork 74

Ishi: A Brief Return to California 79

World War I and Its Aftermath 82

5 Synthesizing the Boasian Paradigm 87

The Phonetics Report 88

Time Perspective 91

Language: The Public Statement 96

6 The Classification of American Indian Languages 107

The Beginnings of the Classificatory Mania 110

The Radin Fiasco 118

The Six-Unit Classification 121

The Indo-Chinese Hypothesis 126

7 Reorientation toward Psychology 132

Family and Personal Problems 133

Early Contacts with Psychology 137

Kroeber: Psychoanalysis and the Superorganic 143

8 Experiments in Aesthetics 151

Music 152

An Experiment with the Aesthetics of Design 158

Poetry 159

Ottawa Intellectual and Social Life 164

The Effects of War 165

9 Psychologizing Boasian Anthropology 171

Ruth Benedict 172

Margaret Mead 183

10 Escape form Ottawa 189

Boasian Machinations at Columbia 193

Sapir's Appointment at Chicago 195

The Continued Lure of Columbia 201

11 The University of Chicago: A New Start 202

The University of Chicago 210

Chicago Sociology 212

Sapir and the Chicago Sociologists 213

Rockefeller Foundation Funding in Chicago 218

12 Chicago Anthropology 223

The Anthropological Fiefdom 225

Sapir's Teaching at Chicago 230

13 Sapir's Commitment to Athabaskan 238

Collaboration with Father Berard Haile 242

The Southwest Laboratory of Anthropology 243

Publishing Navajo Texts 247

The Bureau of Indian Affairs 252

14 The Professionalization of Linguistics 262

The Linguistic Society of America 263

The Linguistic Institutes 265

Leonard Bloomfield 268

IALA and English Semantics 272

The Committee on American Indian Languages 277

15 Interdisciplinary Social Science 288

Harry Stack Sullivan 289

Harold Lasswell 295

The Social Science Research Council 297

The Hanover Conferences 299

Sapir's American Indian Acculturation Project 302

The SSRC Committee on Personality and Culture 306

16 Organizing Social Science Research and Training 309

The First Colloquium 309

The Second Colloquium 312

The National Research Council 319

The NRC Culture and Personality Conference 320

The NRC Subcommittee on Training Fellowships 322

17 The Impact Seminar: The Call to Yale 327

The Call to Columbia 329

The Frank Seminar Proposal 332

John Dollard 334

Selection of the Fellows 335

The Program of the Seminar 336

Results of the Impact Seminar 342

18 The Academic Program at Yale: Anthropology 345

Yale Students in Ethnology 353

19 The Academic Program at Yale: Linguistics 359

Sapir's Return to Indo-European 365

The First Yale School of Linguistics 365

Whorf and the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis 375

20 The Yale Institute of Human Relations 383

The Medical School Alternative 391

Dollard's Realignment with the IHR 394

21 Denuement 398

Sapir's Relation to Judaism 398

Illness and Retreat 406

Sapir's Initial Illness 408

The Sapir-Sullivan-Lasswell Research Institute 412

The Final Illness 414

Responses to Sapir's Death 415

Notes 421

Abbreviations 437

Archival Documents 437

Institutional Abbreviations 438

Journal Abbreviations 439

Bibliography 441

References Cited 441

Complete Bibliography of Edward Sapir 457

Index 475

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