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Coming of Age in Chicago: The 1893 World's Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology (Hardback)
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Coming of Age in Chicago: The 1893 World's Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology (Hardback)

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Hardback 624 Pages / Published: 01/02/2016
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Coming of Age in Chicago explores a watershed moment in American anthropology, when an unprecedented number of historians and anthropologists of all subfields gathered on the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition fairgrounds, drawn together by the fair's focus on indigenous peoples. Participants included people making a living with their research, sporadic backyard diggers, religiously motivated researchers, and a small group who sought a "scientific" understanding of the lifeways of indigenous peoples. At the fair they set the foundation for anthropological inquiry and redefined the field. At the same time, the American public became aware, through their own experiences at the fair, of a global humanity, with reactions that ranged from revulsion to curiosity, tolerance, and kindness. Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox combine primary historical texts, modern essays, and rarely seen images from the period to create a volume essential for understanding the significance of this event. These texts explore the networking of thinkers, planners, dreamers, schemers, and scholars who interacted in a variety of venues to lay the groundwork for museums, academic departments, and expeditions. These new relationships helped shape the profession and the trajectory of the discipline, and they still resonate more than a century later.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803268388
Number of pages: 624
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 46 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[Coming of Age in Chicago] will be of interest to historians of anthropology, of course, but also to scholars grappling with visual and material representations, museums and cultural institutions, and the politics of cultural exhibition."-Adam Fulton Johnson, History of Anthropology Newsletter -- Adam Fulton Johnson * History of Anthropology Newsletter *
"Coming of Age in Chicago is a handsome volume that adds to our understanding of the Columbian Exposition's considerable importance."-Roger Biles, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society -- Roger Biles * Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society *
"A fascinating contribution to the history of anthropology in America."-American Archaeology * American Archaeology *
"Coming of Age in Chicago is an essential read for all interested in the history of anthropology, world's fairs, and turn-of-the century racial thinking in the United States. It offers an invaluable combination of analysis and original sources that allow the reader to see the intimate connections between the Columbian exposition and the cultural and social history of the field of anthropology."-Abigail M. Markwyn, Pacific Historical Review -- Abigail M. Markwyn * Pacific Historical Review *
"Coming of Age in Chicago is at once a major contribution to the burgeoning literature on Chicago's 1893 World Columbian Exposition as well as a critical examination of a crucial phase in the development of American anthropology. . . . Such notable personalities as Frederic Ward Putnam, Franz Boas, Daniel Garrison Brinton, and especially Frank Hamilton Cushing, as well as lesser luminaries, all come alive and shine forth in this sparkling, multifaceted volume."-Raymond D. Fogelson, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Chicago -- Raymond D. Fogelson
"In this richly detailed account of anthropology at the fair-and of the fair's exhibits in the minds of anthropologists-the authors deepen our understanding of the cultural origins of the anthropology profession."-Robert W. Rydell, professor of history at Montana State University and author of All the World's a Fair
-- Robert W. Rydell
"Coming of Age in Chicago presents an account of the interplay of anthropology and the public spectacle of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair that is both authoritative and engaging. Original documents and photo essays heighten the reading experience and help convey the material realities of anthropology at the fair, just as the discipline was coalescing."-Frederic W. Gleach, curator of the Anthropology Collections at Cornell University and founding coeditor of Histories of Anthropology Annual -- Frederic W. Gleach

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