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Critics against Culture: Anthropological Observers of Mass Society

 
 
 
 
Critics against Culture: Anthropological Observers of Mass Society
Author: Richard Handler
ISBN 13: 9780299213701
ISBN 10: 299213706
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2005-12-06
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 248
List Price: $35.00
 
 

Critics against Culture: Anthropological Observers of Mass Society—a collection of essays on the history of anthropology focused on Benedict, Boas, Sapir, and modernist thought by one of American anthropology’s leading scholars—explores the roots of anthropology’s early involvement with the study of American society. The essays making up this volume, focused on the critique of mass society and the history of the culture concept, examine Boasian anthropologists as critics of mass society. The book also includes two new, unpublished essays: one on Alexis de Tocqueville and Margaret Mead, the other on Jules Henry and Richard Hoggart. Handler offers a striking analysis of Boasian cultural criticism and the intersection between anthropology, American studies, and cultural studies.