Une pensée de la relation : Franz Boas et le concept de « type »

Abstract : This article focuses on the concept of « type » in Franz Boas’ work. Based on a close examination of his main anthropometrical texts, it sheds light on the way Boas used statistical methods in order to criticize the taxonomic approach of physical anthropology. Instead, he developed a perspective where relations between types are put forward and emphasized the importance of variability and correlation phenomena. By using the plural “types”, Boas was able to consider human plasticity as a scene for borrowing and intermixture.
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Camille Joseph. Une pensée de la relation : Franz Boas et le concept de « type ». Sociétés Plurielles, Presses de l’INALCO, 2018, Épistémologies du pluriel. ⟨hal-01692795⟩

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