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Faith in Objects
American Missionary Expositions in the Early Twentieth Century
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
 
15 Nov 2011
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£61.00
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9780230116726
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In the early twentieth century, missionary expositions were a central event in the religious life of many Americans. They also converged with the research agenda of anthropology, which was then defined by museum work. This thoughtfully researched book brings the untold history of the World in Boston of 1911 to light. Extraordinary in terms of content, geographic scope, and attendance, "America's First Great Missionary Exposition" was conceived on the model of world's fairs, and grew out of an established tradition of missionary exhibitions. This compelling history reveals how the material culture of missions shaped domestic interactions with evangelism, Christianity, and the consumption of ethnological knowledge.


Description

In the early twentieth century, missionary expositions were a central event in the religious life of many Americans. They also converged with the research agenda of anthropology, which was then defined by museum work. This thoughtfully researched book brings the untold history of the World in Boston of 1911 to light. Extraordinary in terms of content, geographic scope, and attendance, "America's First Great Missionary Exposition" was conceived on the model of world's fairs, and grew out of an established tradition of missionary exhibitions. This compelling history reveals how the material culture of missions shaped domestic interactions with evangelism, Christianity, and the consumption of ethnological knowledge.


Reviews

'Thorough, balanced, theoretically informed, and gracefully written. The strength of the study is the wonderful way in which the author takes complex anthropological issues and lucidly demonstrates their relevance for the understanding of this important exhibition. The book will expand a very small literature, making an enormous and thoroughly original contribution.' - David Morgan, Professor of Religion, Duke University, USA 


Contents

PART I: PRELIMINARIES
Antecedents
PART II: THE WORLD IN BOSTON OF 1911
Setting the Stage
First Impressions
PART III: PEDAGOGICAL ARCHITECTURE
Object Lessons
Spiritless Pleasures
PART IV: THE MISSIONARY EXHIBIT OF 1900
An Established Tradition
Missionary Engagements
Objects of Missionary Education
PART V: STEWARDSHIP
Scripted Parts
Life-Long Lessons
Epilogue


Authors

ERIN L. HASINOFF Fellow in Museum Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and Bard Graduate Center, USA.