[KS] Book publication, Early American Anthropology and Korea

Robert M Oppenheim rmo at austin.utexas.edu
Sun Apr 17 10:49:21 EDT 2016

Dear Korean Studies list,

With apologies for cross-posting, I'd like to announce publication of my new book, An Asian Frontier: American Anthropology and Korea, 1882-1945, from the Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology series at the University of Nebraska Press.  I'm attaching a flyer (with discount offer) in case you are interested.


Asian Frontier - University of Nebraska Press<https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Asian-Frontier,677176.aspx>
An Asian Frontier, An Asian Frontier, 0803285612, 0-8032-8561-2, 978-0-8032-8561-3, 9780803285613, Robert Oppenheim , Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology ...

The focus of this book is on the dialogue between the American anthropological tradition and Korea, from its first treaty with the United States in 1882 to the end of World War II in 1945.  It contends that Korea has been underestimated as a significant object of concern for anthropology in this period and, more broadly, that the intersection of anthropology with continental westward expansion and with U.S. expansion in the Pacific might usefully be considered together.  The narrative shows the making of American anthropology to have been open in various ways to knowledge practices that had their origins in Korea.  Simultaneously, through examinations of ethnological museum collecting, constitutive of a field linking Korean agents and interpreters, resident American collectors (e.g. J.B. Bernadou, P.L. Jouy, Horace Allen), and metropolitan curators, as well as case studies of three important figures-Stewart Culin, Frederick Starr, and Ales Hrdlicka-it seeks to use Korea as a standpoint from which to interrogate the canonical historical account of the American discipline.  Through this lens, the book reconsiders a set of topics of broad interest to all concerned with anthropology's history, including collecting, evolution and the crafting of universalist theory out of area study, culture and the travels of the culture concept, race and anthropological anti-racism, and the encounter of American anthropology with both U.S. and Japanese imperialisms.



Robert Oppenheim

University of Texas at Austin

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