African-American Pioneers in Anthropology

Author: Edited by Ira E. Harrison and Faye V. Harrison
Concise biographies of thirteen major figures and their work
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1999
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About the Book

This pathbreaking collection of intellectual biographies is the first to probe the careers of thirteen early African American anthropologists, detailing both their achievements and their struggle with the latent and sometimes blatant racism of the times. Invaluable to historians of anthropology, this collection will also be useful to readers interested in Black studies and biography. Includes entries on: Caroline Bond Day, Zora Neale Hurston, Louis Eugene King, Laurence Foster, W. Montague, Cobb, Katherine Dunham, Ellen Irene Diggs, Allison Davis, St. Clair Drake, Arthur Huff Fauset, William S. Willis Jr., Hubert Barnes Ross, Elliot Skinner

About the Author

Ira E. Harrison (1933-2020) was a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a founding member of the Association of Black Anthropologists. He was the coauthor of The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology and coauthor of Ethnicity and the Health Belief Systems. Faye V. Harrison is a professor of African American studies and anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her books include Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age.

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"An invaluable volume that documents the courage, strength, and fortitude of the first African American scholars to explore the discursive terrain of anthropology. . . . A veritable treasure trove that every anthropologist needs on the shelf. . . . Put this book on your syllabus if you want to address the major theoretical developments and the legacy of racism and sexism and contributions to anthropology made by women and people of color." --Lee D. Baker, American Anthropologist

"We owe the editors and contributors of African-American Pioneers in Anthropology a debt of gratitude for their contributions to racial diversity in anthropology, as well as to the anthropological study of race and racism. The scholarship displayed in the volume compels anthropologists to rethink their discipline's history and its current concerns."--Transforming Anthropology