Synopses & Reviews
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 andquot;primitiveandquot;and#160; art and its reception in the Western world.
" . . . a timely publication in the History of Anthropology series . . . makes an important contribution to our understanding of the central role museums played in the development of anthropology from 1850 to 1920. It is one of the earliest voices in the emerging debate about the present state of ethnographic museums and raises a number of important political and philosophical issues that must be addressed in considering the future directions of these institutions."and#8212;American Journal of Sociology
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
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, 1880and#8211;1980
Edwin L. Wade
On Having a Culture: Nationalism and the Preservation of Quebecand#8217;s Patrimoine
Writing the History of Archeology: A Survey of Trends
Bruce G. Tigger
Objects and Selvesand#8212;An Afterword
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