An Asian Frontier

American Anthropology and Korea, 1882-1945

Author: Robert Oppenheim

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803288816

Category: History

Page: 416

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In the nineteenth century the predominant focus of American anthropology centered on the native peoples of North America, and most anthropologists would argue that Korea during this period was hardly a cultural area of great anthropological interest. However, this perspective underestimates Korea as a significant object of concern for American anthropology during the period from 1882 to 1945--otherwise a turbulent, transitional period in Korea's history. An Asian Frontier focuses on the dialogue between the American anthropological tradition and Korea, from Korea's first treaty with the United States to the end of World War II, with the goal of rereading anthropology's history and theoretical development through its Pacific frontier. Drawing on notebooks and personal correspondence as well as the publications of anthropologists of the day, Robert Oppenheim shows how and why Korea became an important object of study--with, for instance, more published about Korea in the pages of American Anthropologist before 1900 than would be seen for decades after. Oppenheim chronicles the actions of American collectors, Korean mediators, and metropolitan curators who first created Korean anthropological exhibitions for the public. He moves on to examine anthropologists--such as Ales Hrdlicka, Walter Hough, Stewart Culin, Frederick Starr, and Frank Hamilton Cushing--who fit Korea into frameworks of evolution, culture, and race even as they engaged questions of imperialism that were raised by Japan's colonization of the country. In tracing the development of American anthropology's understanding of Korea, Oppenheim discloses the legacy present in our ongoing understanding of Korea and of anthropology's past.

Directory of Scientific Societies of Washington

Comprising the Anthropological, Biological, Chemical, National Geographic, and Philosophical Societies

Author: Joint Commission (Washington, D.C.)

Publisher: N.A


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Women Doctors in Gilded-age Washington

Race, Gender, and Professionalization

Author: Gloria Moldow

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252013799

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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From Savage to Negro

Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954

Author: Lee D. Baker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520211681

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

View: 927

Explores ways in which anthropologists shaped racial politics in the United States, examining interactions between African-American intellectuals and such white anthropologists as Franz Boas, Frederic Ward Putnam, and Daniel G. Brinton.

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A union list of serials commencing publication after Dec. 31, 1949.