The Long Shadow of Cultural Anthropology

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Cultural anthropology seems to have failed spectacularly at combating racism. While those in the field wanted to prove that xenophobia and racism were “morally bankrupt”, and that humans were only different culturally, their prejudices betrayed them. For example, Franz Boas, a prominent figure in the field, attempted to defend the Inuits but ended up patronising them; he was delighted to report that they were not as dirty as he expected them to be. Read full article here

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