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The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism - Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology (Hardback)
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The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism - Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology (Hardback)

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Hardback 490 Pages / Published: 01/12/2008
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One of the more problematic sport spectacles in American history took place at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, which included the third modern Olympic Games. Associated with the Games was a curious event known as Anthropology Days organized by William J. McGee and James Sullivan, at that time the leading figures in American anthropology and sports, respectively. McGee recruited Natives who were participating in the fair's ethnic displays to compete in sports events, with the "scientific" goal of measuring the physical prowess of "savages" as compared with "civilized men." This interdisciplinary collection of essays assesses the ideas about race, imperialism, and Western civilization manifested in the 1904 World's Fair and Olympic Games and shows how they are still relevant.
A turning point in both the history of the Olympics and the development of modern anthropology, these games expressed the conflict between the Old World emphasis on culture and New World emphasis on utilitarianism. Marked by Franz Boas's paper at the Scientific Congress, the events in St. Louis witnessed the beginning of the shift in anthropological research from nineteenth-century evolutionary racial models to the cultural relativist paradigm that is now a cornerstone of modern American anthropology. Racist pseudoscience nonetheless reappears to this day in the realm of sports.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803210981
Number of pages: 490
Weight: 875 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 43 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In this edited volume, sports anthropologist Brownell leads an exploration of a forgotten moment in premodern anthropology. . . . A very successful project of intellectual history."-J. Marks, CHOICE -- J. Marks * CHOICE *
"The multidisciplinary approach offered by this collection succeeds in exposing the relationships between anthropology, physical culture, the Olympic movement, and imperialism in revelatory ways."-John W. Troutman, Western Historical Quarterly -- John W. Troutman * Western Historical Quarterly *
"The authors provide not only a window into the history of a sporting event but also an important story about sports as a system of representation. This volume is a fine collection that recalls a past event that is still relevant to the present."-John Bloom, American Historical Review -- John Bloom * American Historical Review *
"Through their analyses of the 1904 Games, the authors convincingly interrogate-and connect-categories of science, sport, race, and nation at the turn of the 20th century. . . . The book will appeal to a number of audiences, including scholars interested in the histories of anthropology, museums as well as world's fairs and other forms of display, science, sport, colonialism, imperialism, and national and international movements."-Andi Johnson, Museum Anthropology Review -- Andi Johnson * Museum Anthropology Review *
"This is a well-conceived volume that will be of wide interest to many scholars."-Barbara Keys, Journal of American Ethnic History -- Barbara Keys * Journal of American Ethnic History *
"The connection between the histories of the Olympics and anthropology provides a unique perspective on the history of sport. . . . The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games would make an excellent addition to the library of any scholar interested in the history of the Olympics or the history of anthropology."-Colleen English, International Journal of the History of Sports -- Colleen English * International Journal of the History of Sports *

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