Critical implications of Franz Boas'theory and methodology

  title={Critical implications of Franz Boas'theory and methodology},
  author={Janine Hitchens},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
  • J. Hitchens
  • Published 1 November 1994
  • Law
  • Dialectical Anthropology
The Grand Scheme of unilinear evolution as it was developed in the nineteenth century, placing Western European and American civilization at the pinnacle of humanity, was vigorously attacked by the Boasian school, and the theory of cultural relativism was forged in the heat of many long theoretical battles in the discipline. Simultaneously, the Boas school attacked the fundamental tenets of white supremacy by showing with solid empirical studies that race, language and culture were not… 

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