Radin, Paul

Radin, Paul

(rā`dĭn), 1883–1959, American anthropologist, b. Poland, grad., College of the City of New York, 1902, Ph.D. Columbia, 1911. He was a student of Franz BoasBoas, Franz
, 1858–1942, German-American anthropologist, b. Minden, Germany, Ph.D. Univ. of Kiel, 1881. He joined an expedition to Baffin Island in 1883 and initiated his fieldwork with observations of the Central Eskimos.
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 and studied the Winnebago tribe for much of his life, writing classic accounts of this group: The Winnebago Tribe (1923) and The Culture of the Winnebago (1949). Radin also wrote on the religion, philosophy, and psychology of the individual in pre-literate society: Primitive Man as a Philosopher (1927, rev. ed. 1958) and The World of Primitive Man (1953).
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Radin, Paul

(1883–1959) cultural anthropologist, linguist; born in Lodz, Poland. His father, a rabbi, took the family to Elmira, N.Y., in 1884 and he went on to graduate from the City College of New York in 1902. He studied under Franz Boas at Columbia and received a Ph.D. in 1911. He did extensive fieldwork among the Ojibwa and Winnebago Indians and in Mexico. His Primitive Man as Philosopher appeared in 1927. He taught at the University of California: Berkeley, Fiske College, and Black Mountain College (N.C.) and from 1957 until his death, he headed the anthropology department at Brandeis University.
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