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Gods of the Upper Air by Charles King

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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385542197
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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

Gods of the Upper Air was a fascinating and highly readable treatise on the origins of anthropology and the scientists who started it, such as Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, Franz Boas, and Zora Neale Hurston. I was shocked to learn that it was a commonly held belief in the early 20th century that one’s intellect and character were pre-ordained by one’s race, gender, or nationality. The story of how these brave and intellectual giants fought to debunk those beliefs inspired and fascinated me.