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Objects and Others: Essays on Museums and Material Culture


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History of Anthropology is a series of annual volumes, inaugurated in 1983, each of which treats an important theme in the history of anthropological inquiry. Objects and Others, the third volume, focuses on a number of questions relating to the history of museums and material culture studies: the interaction of museum arrangement and anthropological theory; the tension between anthropological research and popular education; the contribution of museum ethnography to aesthetic practice; the relationship of humanistic and anthropological culture, and of ethnic artifact and fine art; and, more generally, the representation of culture in material objects. As the first work to cover the development of museum anthropology since the mid-nineteenth century, it will be of great interest and value not only to anthropologist, museologists, and historians of science and the social sciences, but also to those interested in "primitive" art and its reception in the Western world.

About the Author

George W. Stocking, Jr., editor of this volume, is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago. Since the appearance of his Race, Culture, and Evolution: Essays in the History of Anthropology in 1968, he has been the author of numerous articles and reviews in this field, including The Shaping of American Anthropology, 1883?1911: A Franz Boas Reader. His most recent work is Victorian Anthropology.

Table of Contents

Essays on museums and material culture — Arranging ethnology: A. H. L. F. Pitt Rivers and the typological tradition / William Ryan Chapman — From shell-heaps to stelae: early anthropology at the Peabody Museum / Curtis M. Hinsley — Franz Boas and exhibits: on the limitations of the museum method of anthropology / Ira Jacknis — Philanthropoids and vanishing cultures: Rockefeller funding and the end of the museum era in Anglo-American anthropology / George W. Stocking, Jr. — Art and artifact at the Trocadero: Ars Americana and the primitivist revolution / Elizabeth A. Williams — The ethnic art market in the American Southwest, 1880-1980 / Edwin L. Wade — On having a culture: nationalism and the preservation of Quebec's Patrimoine / Richard Handler — Writing the history of archeology: a survey of trends / Bruce G. Trigger — Objects and selves: an afterword / James Clifford.

Product Details

University of Wisconsin Press
Social Science : Anthropology - General
Stocking, George
Edited by:
George W. Stocking
George W. Stocking
Stocking, George W., Jr.
Addresses, essays, lectures
Anthropology - Cultural
Anthropology - General
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Reference-Bibliography and Library Science
Publication Date:
November 1988

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
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