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Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire, and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain

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In May 1853, Charles Dickens paid a visit to the “savages at Hyde Park Corner,” an exhibition of thirteen imported Zulus performing cultural rites ranging from songs and dances to a “witch-hunt” and marriage ceremony. Dickens was not the only Londoner intrigued by these “living curiosities”: displayed foreign peoples provided some of the most popular public entertainments ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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İrem Yıldız
Nov 29, 2016 İrem Yıldız rated it it was amazing
Sadiah Qureshi asks an important question regarding the relations of ethnology and exhibitionary order; how were the displayed peoples transformed into ethnological material for the purpose of anthropology? She also provides a broad overview about the usage of advertisements. It mainly examines the representation of people on these promoting materials and its textual narrative that were applied to turn the displayed ones into commodity during the nineteenth century in Britain.
Stephanie McGarrah
Mar 25, 2016 Stephanie McGarrah rated it really liked it
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A fascinating subject, at times Peoples on Parade felt a little dry with that classic academic textbook feel but in the end I had to be generous with the stars. Usually I am turned off by too much editorial or conjecture, but Sadiah Qureshi had some very interesting things to say about race that can be applied to many topics beyond the 19th century display of people. This is a long quote, but I think its important and I'm glad it was reinforced throughout the writing:

"It is worth being especiall

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Lauren Albert
Qureshi narrates the complex and changing role(s) of the display of human beings in nineteenth-century Britain for entertainment, education or scientific study. As he summarizes his goal at the end of the book:
“Peoples on Parade has attempted to offer a history of displayed peoples that accounts for why they proved so commercially successful, how they were transformed from small entrepreneurial speculations into//government-sponsored initiatives, and what their lasting significance has been to s
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