The Anthropology Art and Cultural Production: Histories, Themes, Perspectives (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

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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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Maruska Svasek is a lecturer in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen's University, Belfast.

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I find it difficult to criticize this book as it includes all thetopics that I would wish to see in a modern textbook on the social anthropology of art ... I very much welcome this proposal -- Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford Brookes, editor of one of Berg's books on art, politics and identity

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