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The Resource Melville J. Herskovits and the racial politics of knowledge, Jerry Gershenhorn

Melville J. Herskovits and the racial politics of knowledge, Jerry Gershenhorn

Label
Melville J. Herskovits and the racial politics of knowledge
Title
Melville J. Herskovits and the racial politics of knowledge
Statement of responsibility
Jerry Gershenhorn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge is the first full-scale biography of the trailblazing anthropologist of African and African American cultures. Born into a world of racial hierarchy, Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963) employed physical anthropology and ethnographyy to undermine racist and hierarchical ways of thinking about humanity and to underscore the value of cultural diversity. His research in West Africa, the West Indies, and South America documented the far-reaching influence of African cultures in the Americas. He founded the first major interdisciplinary American program in African studies in 1948 at Northwestern University, and his controversial classic The Myth of the Negro past delineated African cultural influences on American blacks and showcased the vibrancy of African American culture. He also helped forge the concept of cultural relativism, particularly in his book Man and His Works. While Herskovits promoted African and African American studies, he criticized some activist black scholars, most notably Carter G. Woodson and W.E.B. Du Bois, whom he considered propagandists because of their social reform orientation." "After World War II, Herskovits became an outspoken public figure, advocating African independence and attacking American policymakers who treated Africa as an object of Cold War strategy. Drawing extensively on Herskovits's private papers and published works, Jerry Gershenhorn's biography recognizes Herskovits's many contributions and discusses the complex consequences of his conclusions, methodologies, and relations with African American scholars."--Jacket
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gershenhorn, Jerry
Dewey number
  • 301/.092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN21.H47
LC item number
G47 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Critical studies in the history of anthropology
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Anthropologists
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Racism in anthropology
  • Cultural relativism
  • African diaspora
  • Self-determination, National
  • Anthropologists
  • Herskovits, Melville J.
  • Africa, West
Label
Melville J. Herskovits and the racial politics of knowledge, Jerry Gershenhorn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of an anthropologist -- The attack on pseudoscientific racism -- Transforming the debate on Black culture -- Subverting the myth of the Negro past -- Objectivity and the development of Negro studies -- The postwar expansion of African studies -- Foreign policy critic
Control code
52799586
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 338 pages
Isbn
9780803221871
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003016335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Melville J. Herskovits and the racial politics of knowledge, Jerry Gershenhorn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of an anthropologist -- The attack on pseudoscientific racism -- Transforming the debate on Black culture -- Subverting the myth of the Negro past -- Objectivity and the development of Negro studies -- The postwar expansion of African studies -- Foreign policy critic
Control code
52799586
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 338 pages
Isbn
9780803221871
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003016335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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