Equality of the Human Races by Antenor Firmin
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Equality of the Human Races
By Antenor Firmin

The Equality of the Human Races

Positivist Anthropology

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Translated by Charles Asselin See other recent books by Charles Asselin
Introduction by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban See other recent books by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
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Equality of the Human Races by Antenor Firmin

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This is the first paperback edition of the only English-language translation of the Haitian scholar Antnor Firmin's The Equality of the Human Races, a foundational text in critical anthropology first published in 1885 when anthropology was just emerging as a specialized field of study. Marginalized for its "radical" position that the human races were equal, Firmin's lucid and persuasive treatise was decades ahead of its time. Arguing that the equality of the races could be demonstrated through a positivist scientific approach, Firmin challenged racist writings and the dominant views of the day. Translated by Asselin Charles and framed by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban's substantial introduction, this rediscovered text is an important contribution to contemporary scholarship in anthropology, pan-African studies, and colonial and postcolonial studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252071027
ISBN-10: 0252071026
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 139mm x 28mm)
Pages: 536
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Antenor Firmin

Antenor Firmin (1850-1911) was born and educated in Haiti. He studied law and held several political offices before being posted as a diplomat to Paris, where he was admitted to the Societe d'Anthropologie de Paris and wrote De L'Egalite des Races Humaines. He later returned to Haiti and served as minister of finance, commerce, and foreign relations. Asselin Charles teaches literature and journalism at Wenzao College of Languages in Taiwan. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban is a professor of anthropology and the director of general education at Rhode Island College."

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