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Author Gilkeson, John S., 1948-

Title Anthropologists and the rediscovery of America, 1886-1965 / John S. Gilkeson.

Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 288 pages)
Series Cambridge books online.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references index.
Summary "This book examines the intersection of cultural anthropology and American cultural nationalism from 1886, when Franz Boas left Germany for the United States, until 1965, when the National Endowment for the Humanities was established. Five chapters trace the development within academic anthropology of the concepts of culture, social class, national character, value, and civilization, and their dissemination to non-anthropologists. As Americans came to think of culture anthropologically, as a "complex whole" far broader and more inclusive than Matthew Arnold's "the best which has been thought and said," so, too, did they come to see American communities as stratified into social classes distinguished by their subcultures; to attribute the making of the American character to socialization rather than birth; to locate the distinctiveness of American culture in its unconscious canons of choice; and to view American culture and civilization in a global perspective"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Culture in the American grain -- 2. Social class in the ethnography of the American scene -- 3. The psychology of culture and the American character -- 4. The drift of American values -- 5. America as a civilization.
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Subject Ethnology -- United States -- History.
United States -- Civilization.
Social classes -- United States -- History.
Cultural pluralism -- United States -- History.
Subculture -- United States -- History.
National characteristics, American.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Gilkeson, John S., 1948- Anthropologists and the rediscovery of America, 1886-1965. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521766722 (DLC) 2010022339 (OCoLC)635480026
ISBN 9780511779558 (electronic bk.)
0511779550 (electronic bk.)
9780511932731 (electronic bk.)
0511932731 (electronic bk.)