The Promise of Particularism and the Theology of Culture: Limits and Lessons of “Neo-Boasianism”

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This article compares the status of “culture” as a politically engaged concept in Franz Boas's time and in our own time. Taking a Boasian approach to “neo-Boasianism,” I examine the limits of this comparability in order to shed light on the nature of public culture-talk today and to identify dimensions of the Boasian concept of “culture” particularly relevant to a contemporary anthropology.

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