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Title   Anthropology Art and Cultural Production : Histories Themes Perspectives 

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Author   SVASEK Maruska  ISBN   9780745317946  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Pluto Press  Group   Sci/Hum. View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Anthropology  Terms and conditions
Edition   1/2007 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2007 
Subject   Social & cultural anthropology 
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Synopsis This book provides an introduction to anthropological perspectives on art. The anthropology of art defines art as a social process, and it is therefore interested in analysing not only the artistic artefacts themselves and the aesthetic values attributed to them, but also their processes of production and the wider socio-historical context in which these processes take place. It focuses on issues of representation and the collection and exhibition of art works and ethnographic artefacts, and critically discusses various anthropological theories of art. It also analyses processes of art production, distribution, and consumption in an increasingly global art market, and looks at the significance of art and aesthetics in everyday life, examining the shifting boundaries of art, and the differences between art and other categories such as kitsch, souvenirs, propaganda and pornography. The final chapter pleads for an anthropological perspective that contextualises 'art' by looking at local and global contexts of production, distribution and consumption, linking the production and use of artefacts to political, religious and other cultural processes.

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