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Margaret Mead

(1901—1978) American anthropologist and social psychologist

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anthropology

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

In philosophical usage, a general theory of human nature, sometimes thought to be the necessary foundation of history and all social sciences. The philosophy of anthropology considers such...

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Clifford Geertz

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

(1926–2006)

One of the most influential contemporary American anthropologists and a leading proponent of symbolic anthropology—the study of individual cultures as unique and...

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Culture and Personality School

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A development in the study of socialization that arose principally in the United States in the 1930s. The theory combined elements of psychology, anthropology, and sociology, but...

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Edward Sapir

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1884–1939)

German-born US linguist and anthropologist.

Born in Lauenberg, Germany, Sapir went to the USA in 1889, at the age of five, and graduated from Columbia...

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Erik Erikson

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Education.

(1902–94)

A developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on the social development of human beings. Through his association with Anna Freud, and his study for...

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ethnography

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The scientific study of customs, habits, and behavior of specified groups of people, usually applied to tribes or clans of people in nonliterate societies.

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Franz Boas

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — History.

(1858–1942)

German-born US anthropologist, who was the principal founder of the culture-history school of cultural anthropology that arose in the USA in the early twentieth century.

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Gregory Bateson

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(1904 –1980)

A scholar of enormous range who made significant contributions to anthropology, psychology, and zoology. Bateson was born in England and studied natural history before...

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James Baldwin

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(1924–87),

black American novelist. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), set in Harlem, was followed by several on a more international scale, dealing with both...

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Louise Michelle Rosenblatt

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1904–)

Louise Rosenblatt was born on 23 August 1904 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She received her BA with honors in English from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1925 ...

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