Franz Boas, His Students and the Scientific Truth of Human Unity

Circle of hands held out in unity against blue sky

Author Charles King examines the revolutionary work and legacy of anthropologist Franz Boas and his students – overturning the hierarchical, essentialist worldview of 19th century Western societies for a radically modern, relativist understanding of humanity as diverse and varied and equally worthy of empathy and curiousity.

Charles is author of “Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

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