Franz Boas's Physical Anthropology: The Critique of Racial Formalism Revisited

  title={Franz Boas's Physical Anthropology: The Critique of Racial Formalism Revisited},
  author={John S. Allen},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={79 - 84}
In I968, the historian of anthropology George Stocking published an article on the physical anthropology of Franz Boas (I858-i 942) called "The Critique of Racial Formalism." Stocking's title was inspired by a letter Boas wrote to the American Anthropologist in I936 recalling his initial reactions to physical anthropology: "When I turned to the consideration of racial problems I was shocked by the formalism of the work. Nobody had tried to answer the questions why certain measurements were… 

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