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In Search of Human NatureThe Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought$
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Carl N. Degler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195077070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195077070.001.0001

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In the Wake of Boas

In the Wake of Boas

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In Search of Human Nature

Carl N. Degler

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This chapter examines changes or evolution in the study of human nature following anthropologist Franz Boa's exposition of the concept of culture as an alternative to race in accounting for differences among human groups. Boa's work was a genuine seminal contribution for it did not only conquer his own field of anthropology but spread to other social science disciplines. Among those who were influenced by Boa's work include sociologists Charles W. Ellwood, Carl Kelsey, and Howard Odum.

Keywords:   human nature, Franz Boa, culture, race, anthropology, Charles W. Ellwood, Carl Kelsey, Howard Odum

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