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The Anthropology of Art: A Reader (Wiley Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) [Paperback]

Howard Morphy , Morgan Perkins
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22 Dec 2005 Wiley Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Book 6)
This anthology provides a single–volume overview of the essential theoretical debates in the anthropology of art. Drawing together significant work in the field from the second half of the twentieth century, it enables readers to appreciate the art of different cultures at different times. Advances a cross–cultural concept of art that moves beyond traditional distinctions between Western and non–Western art. Provides the basis for the appreciation of art of different cultures and times. Enhances readers’ appreciation of the aesthetics of art and of the important role it plays in human society.

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  • Paperback: 578 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (22 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405105623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405105620
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“ The Anthropology of Art is a superb compilation that enables both scholar and student to have in one volume the major studies and debates in this discipline. In the insightful introduction, the editors survey the history of the field and tackle the vexing problem of defining art in cross–cultural perspective.” Ivan Karp, Emory University “An excellent, near–perfect book that demonstrates the centrality of the anthropology of art in both anthropology and art history debates. The essential reader for anyone who wants a broad, stimulating introduction to the field.” Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford Brookes University “Addresses significant debates … .Seems[s] to provide an understanding of the often subtle but underlying discourse on contemporary African art.” H–Net Reviews<!––end––> "A unique and timely manual that serves to connect the student with the creative impulse of man." The Electric Review

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This anthology provides a single–volume overview of the essential theoretical debates in the anthropology of art. Drawing together significant work in the field from the second half of the twentieth century, it enables readers to appreciate the art of various cultures at different times. An essay from the editors, offering an intellectual critique of the history of the discipline and exploring the contribution that the analysis of art can make to human societies, prefaces the volume; each part also begins with a useful editorial introduction to the readings. The readings themselves cover all the major debates in the field, including: definitions of art and aesthetics; the nature of representational processes; the nature of authenticity; the Primitivism controversy; the history of trade and commodification; and the role of contemporary artists. This anthology is the ideal resource for readers new to the anthropology of art. At the same time, it allows those with some knowledge of the discipline to see how art and aesthetics can contribute to their research.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 22 Aug 2012
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Don't usually post reviews but needed to because the sole review to date relates to a seller and not to the book, which is excellent and recommended to all incoming undergraduates by the anthropology department in which I teach.
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Not a leisure read. If you want indepth, academic discussion this is it. Its very dry but covers the topic well.
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Excellent book for anyone interested in Museum Studies / Curation and understanding important debates in anthropology and art. Have used this book many times for scholastic and personal research purposes.
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I got this book relatively quickly, but there was a huge chunk of paper missing from the top of the middle pages, although still legible. I don't know why this happened, but it's okay.
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