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The New World Negro by Frances S. Herskovits


The New World Negro by Frances S. Herskovits

Bringing together for the first time selected articles by the distinguished anthropologist, this volume presents a comprehensive survey of Herskovits' exhaustive study of the Negro in the Western Hemisphere. The author came to perceive the Afroamerican field as a laboratory in which hypotheses of the widest scope in the study of acculturation could be tested, with ethnohistory as the control factor. Moreover, he regarded acculturation as a process of mutual exchange rather than a matter of members of minority groups taking over the cultural elements of a dominant majority. Herskovits also insisted that the study of culture be holisitc, and that the arts and values of a people be given full weight. The volume is divided into eight major sections entitled The Afroamerican Field-A Laboratory for the Study of Man; Theory and Method; Ethnohistory-The Laboratory Control in Studies of Acculturation; Ethno-psychology; The Arts; Cult Life in Brazil; The World View of an Urban Community-Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana; and Reinterpretations.

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Publication date

10th August 2004


Frances S. Herskovits

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Indiana University Press


396 pages


Social & cultural history



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