Hardcover $95.00 ISBN: 9780745317953 Published March 2007 For sale in the USA and its dependencies only
Paperback $40.00 ISBN: 9780745317946 Published March 2007 For sale in the USA and its dependencies only

The Anthropology Art and Cultural Production

Histories, Themes, Perspectives

Maruska Svasemaruska Svasek

The Anthropology Art and Cultural Production

Maruska Svasemaruska Svasek

Distributed for Pluto Press

272 pages | 12 black-&-white photographs | 5.25 x 8.5
Hardcover $95.00 ISBN: 9780745317953 Published March 2007 For sale in the USA and its dependencies only
Paperback $40.00 ISBN: 9780745317946 Published March 2007 For sale in the USA and its dependencies only
This book provides an introduction to anthropological perspectives on art. Svasek defines art as a social process, where we study not only the artifacts themselves and the values attributed to them, but also the process of production and the wider context in which this process takes place. Svasek provides a critical overview of various anthropological theories of art. She examines the process of collecting and exhibiting art works and how this relates to art’s production, distribution, and consumption in an increasingly global market. The book also explores the significance of art and aesthetics in everyday life, examing the shifting boundaries between art and other categories such as kitsch, souvenirs, propaganda, and pornography. Finally, Svasek argues for an anthropological perspective that gives a proper political context to "art," linking the production and consumption of artifacts to political, religious, and other cultural processes.
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