Anthropology and modern life by Franz Boas

By Franz Boas

The nice anthropologist's vintage treatise on race and tradition. Discusses organic and cultural inheritance, the fallacy of racial, cultural or ethnic superiority, the scientific foundation for human individuality, and lots more and plenty extra. the most influential books of the century, now in a value-priced version. creation by way of Ruth Bunzel.

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Accordingly, the family lines are quite similar, while the brothers each family differ strongly among inhabited by a cities, The conditions larger the area more mobile are the families inbred and people, the denser and the the population, the less the sisters in themselves. In modern society, particularly in are not favorable to inbreeding. among them and more may we expect very diverse types of family lines. The strated. may demonNotwithstanding the apparent homogeneity truth of this statement of the Swedish nation, there are lines represented.

Heart beat depends upon sleep it is transient The conditions. In slow; in waking, during meals, during ex- THE PROBLEM OF RACE ercise more The range rapid. beats for the individual is of the number 45 of heart very wide. The condition of our digestive tract depends upon the amount and kind of food present; our eyes act differently in in- The tense light and in darkness. tions of an individual is variation in the func- considerable. Furthermore, the individuals constituting a population do not all function in the same way.

The Eskimos of vail North Greenland, centuries. Their for instance, have been isolated for number can never have exceeded a few hundred. There are no rigid rules prescribing we may expect by chance. The an- marriages between relatives, so that that unions were largely dictated number and whose cestors of the tribe were presumably a small of families who happened to settle there members of the The people all bear a considerable but unfortunately we do not know in how blood flows in the veins of all the present generation.

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