The promise of particularism and the theology of culture: Limits and lessons of "neo-Boasianism"

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Abstract

This article compares the status of "culture" as a politically engaged concept in Franz Boas's time and in our own time. Taking a Boasian approach to "neo-Boasianism," I examine the limits of this comparability in order to shed light on the nature of public culture-talk today and to identify dimensions of the Boasian concept of "culture" particularly relevant to a contemporary anthropology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-487
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Anthropologist
Volume106
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

Keywords

  • Area studies
  • Culture concept
  • Franz Boas
  • Multiculturalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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