In 1900, Franz Boas sought to advance his anthropological vision by expanding Chinese holdings at the American Museum of Natural History. Chinese Culture, he believed, possessed a complexity that supported his model of societal development and disproved the widely accepted theory of cultural evolution. When an alliance with missionaries failed to yield desired artifacts, Boas arranged for Berthold Laufer to undertake collections in China. Fearing that modernizing forces would soon destroy traditional China, Laufer eagerly accepted. Sadly, the resulting exhibit ultimately fell prey to misunderstanding and controversy. In explaining its fate, this article illuminates the contentious nature of anthropology in this period.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)