Anthropology and modern life by Franz Boas

By Franz Boas

The nice anthropologist's vintage treatise on race and tradition. Discusses organic and cultural inheritance, the fallacy of racial, cultural or ethnic superiority, the scientific foundation for human individuality, and masses extra. the most influential books of the century, now in a value-priced version. advent by means of Ruth Bunzel.

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All of these contain experience. A boy who has been brought up by reading, life, accustomed the rush of traffic and the watchfulness demanded city familiar with the conveniences of city to on the streets has a general setting entirely different ANTHROPOLOGY AND MODERN LIFE 56 from that of a boy brought up on a lonely farm, who has had no contact with the machinery of modern city life. His sense experience, motor habits and the currents of his thoughts differ from those of the city boy. Certainly in none of the tests that have ever been applied is doubt that individual it experience eliminated and I can be done.

All these are lacking among 57 the Louisiana rural Negroes. Dr. Klineberg has shown what happening. He is actually studied the results of intelligence tests who had moved from the country and also to those who had moved from southern, more leisurely communities, to New York. He found that within a number of years they became adjusted to their new environment. While the results of the tests taken on those who had just moved to the city or to New York showed low averages, those who had lived in the cities or in New York showed the better results the longer they had lived in their new environment.

In each race taken as a whole the family lines differ appreciably in their hereditary of family lines is traits. The distribution such that a considerable number of lines similar or even identical in one or spects occur in contiguous territories. many re- The vague im- pression of "types," abstracted from our everyday experience, does not prove that these are biologically tions and the inference that various populaare composed of individuals belonging to various races is distinct races, It is subjectively intelligible, objectively unproved.

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