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Boas, Franz
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(Jul 9, 1858, Minden, Westphalia– Dec 21, 1942, New York) was a German-American ethnologist, the founder of American “Cultural Anthropology.” After his education in Germany (physics and geography), he went to the USA in 1887, where he taught from 1899 to 1937 at Columbia University in New York, built one of the leading ethnological institutes, founded the International Journal of American Linguistics, published the journal American Anthropologists, and was one of the founding members of the American Anthropological Association. For his whole lif…

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Luchesi, Brigitte, “Boas, Franz”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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