Culture, Genuine and Spurious by Edward Sapir, edited and with an introduction by Alex Golub

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2013-11-11
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Sapir, Edward
Golub, Alex
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This number of the Savage Minds Occasional Paper Series presents an edited version of Edward Sapir's essay "Culture, Genuine and Spurious." “Culture, Genuine and Spurious” is worth reading for several reasons: it demonstrates the way anthropological theory can be applied to ethical issues; it exemplifies the way Boasians founded public anthropology by weighing in on the great issues of their day alongside cultural critics like Randolph Bourne or George Seldes; it gives us insights into the opinions of Boasians on cultural imperialism and the exploitation of labor; and above all, it presents us with a set of questions -- and answers -- that are as relevant today as they were eighty years ago.
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culture, civilization, authenticity
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This original work is copyright by Alex Golub, 2013. The author has issued the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license. You are free • to share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work • to remix - to adapt the work Under the following conditions • attribution - you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author • noncommercial - you may not use this work for commercial purposes • share alike - if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one This work includes excerpts from Sapir, Edward. 1924. Culture, genuine and spurious. American Journal of Sociology 29 (4): 401-429. This work is in the public domain. The author has taken care to respect the rights of all copyright holders and welcomes communications regarding the copyright status of this work. Please contact him at golub@hawaii.edu.
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