Anthropology, Art, and Aesthetics

ISBN-10: 0198279450
ISBN-13: 9780198279457
Edition: 1992 (Reprint)
List price: $96.00
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Description: This collection of essays on anthropological approaches to art and aesthetics is the first in its field to be published for some time. In recent years a number of new galleries of non-Western art have been opened, many exhibitions of non-Western art  More...

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List price: $96.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/2/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

This collection of essays on anthropological approaches to art and aesthetics is the first in its field to be published for some time. In recent years a number of new galleries of non-Western art have been opened, many exhibitions of non-Western art held, and new courses in the anthropology of art established. This collection is part of and complements these developments, contributing to the general resurgence of interest in what has been until recently a comparatively neglected field of academic study and intellectual debate. Unlike many previous collections, the focus of this volume is resolutely anthropological. The contributors draw on contemporary anthropological theory and exchange, to deepen our understanding of particular aesthetic traditions in their socio-cultural and historical contexts. In addition, the cross-cultural applicability of the very concepts 'art' and 'aesthetics' is assessed. Each essay illustrates a specific approach and develops a particular argument. Many present new ethnography based on recent field research among Australian Aborigines, in New Guinea, Indonesia, Mexico, and elsewhere. Others draw on classic anthropological accounts of, for example, the Trobriand Islanders of Melanesia and the Nuer of the Southern Sudan, putting this material to new uses. Sir Raymond Firth's introductory overview of the history of the anthropological study of art makes this volume particularly useful for the non-specialist interested in learning what anthropology has to contribute to our understanding of art and aesthetics in general. With its wide geographical and cultural coverage and plentiful illustrations, many of which are in colour, Anthropology, Art, and Aesthetics will be a valuable resource for all serious students of the subject.

The Anthropology of Art
Raymond Firth: Art and Anthropology
Alfred Gell: The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology
Objects and Interpretations
Ross Bowden: Art, Architecture, and Collective Representations in a New Guinea Soceity
Susanne Kuchler: Making Skins
Malangan and the Idiom of Kinship in Northern New Ireland
Jarich Oosten: Representing the Spirits
The Masks of the Alaskan Inuit
Traditions and Innovations
Robert Layton: Traditional and Contemporary Art of Aboriginal Australia
Ruth Barnes: Textile Design in Southern Lembata
Tradition and Change
The Anthropology of Aesthetics
Howard Morphy: From Dull to Brilliant
The Aesthetics of Spiritual Power among the Yolngu
Anthony Shelton: Predicates of Aesthetic Judgement
Ontology and Value in Huichol Material Representations
Jeremy Coote: `Marvels of Everyday Vision'
The Anthropology of Aesthetics and the Cattle-Keeping Nilotes

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