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Objects and Others
Essays on Museums and Material Culture
Edited by George W. Stocking, Jr.

History of Anthropology (VOLUME THREE)
Richard Handler, Series Editor

“This small but richly textured collection of essays provides historical and philosophical perspectives of value not only to anthropology museums but to everyone involved in the collection, exhibition, and interpretation of material culture today.
—Barbara Thompson, Museum Studies Journal

“A timely publication in the History of Anthropology series . . . [it] 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.”
American Journal of Sociology

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.

George W. Stocking, Jr.George W. Stocking, Jr. (1928–2013) was the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago. He was the author of many books, including Victorian Anthropology; After Tylor: British Social Anthropology, 1888–1951, and The Ethnographer’s Magic, and was the founder and long-time editor of the History of Anthropology series published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He was awarded the Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service by the American Anthropological Association. His most recent book with the University of Wisconsin Press is Glimpses into My Own Black Box: An Exercise in Self-Deconstruction.

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October 1988

LC: 85-40379 GN
240 pp.  6 x 9   32 illus.

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Included in this volume are the contributions of William Chapman, James Clifford, Richard Handler, Curtis Hinsley, Ira Jacknis, Bruce G. Trigger, Edwin L. Wade, Elizabeth Williams, and the editor.

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