Author Charles King Published by Vintage ISBN 9781784705862 EAN 9781784705862 Bic Code Cover Paperback
This volume tells the story of a small circle of renegade scientist-explorers who changed something profound: what it means to be normal. In the early twentieth century, these pioneering anthropologists, many of them women, made intrepid journeys that overturned our assumptions about race, sexuality, gender, and the nature of human diversity, paving the way for the civil rights movements that followed and sparking a debate that continues to this day. From the Arctic to the South Pacific, from Haiti to Japan, they immersed themselves in distant or isolated communities, where they observed and documented radically different approaches to love and child-rearing, and the relationship between women and men. With this evidence they were able to challenge the era’s scientific consensus that intelligence, ability, and character are determined by a person’s race or sex.