Anthropology and Beauty

Anthropology and Beauty : From Aesthetics to Creativity

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Organised around the theme of beauty, this innovative collection offers insight into the development of anthropological thinking on art, aesthetics and creativity in recent years. The volume incorporates current work on perception and generative processes, and seeks to move beyond a purely aesthetic and relativist stance. The essays invite readers to consider how people sense and seek out beauty, whether through acts of human creativity and production; through sensory experience of sound, light, touch, or experiencing architecture; visiting heritage sites or ancient buildings; experiencing the environment through 'places of outstanding natural beauty'; or through cooperative action, machine-engineering or designing for the future. The chapters are accompanied by section introductions that provide key historical and theoretical more

Product details

  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 52 black & white illustrations, 32 colour illustrations
  • 1138928798
  • 9781138928794

About Stephanie Bunn

Stephanie Bunn in a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociual Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, more

Table of contents

PART 1: BEAUTY AS FORM, NUMBER, GENERATION 1. Quaternions and the Manifold in Oceania. Susanne Kuchler 2. Six propositions on beauty. Tim Ingold 3. The beauty of sand-drawing in Vanuatu: kinship and continuity on Paama Island. Craig Lind PART 2: BEAUTY AS GRACE Introduction. Stephanie Bunn 4. Of Ossian and the End of the Foolishness. Peter Gow 5. The Gift of Beauty. Marc Higgin 6. With beauty may I walk. Jill D'Alessandro 7. Agency and Beauty: Reflections on Gell's anthropological theory of art and its critics. Eric Hirsch PART 3: BEAUTY AND THE SENSES: VISION, SOUND AND HARMONY Introduction. Stephanie Bunn 8. Infused with Colour. Diana. J. B. Young 9. Aso iyi, aso eye: resplendence in Yoruba prestigious Aso-oke textiles. Eni Bankole-Race 10. 16 years of Favourite Sounds. Peter Cusack 11. The aesthetics of early years musicality. Colwyn Trevarthen and Stephen Malloch 12. Cultivating the Inner Senses expanded. Paul Stoller PART 4: SKILLFUL AND BEAUTIFUL Introduction. Stephanie Bunn 13. On Beauty as skill: sensorial apprenticeship and skilled vision. Cristina Grasseni 14. The Aesthetics of Hands-in-craft. Anna Gustafsson 15. Cinematographers' skilled vision and aesthetic praxis. Cathy Greenhalgh PART 5: BEAUTY THROUGH TIME AND SPACE Introduction. Stephanie Bunn 16. The three times of artist Will Maclean. Multiple authors 17. Carbuncles, Eyesores and the Aesthetics of Architecture. Rachel Harkness 18. Beauty, Belonging and Belongings. Cara Krmpotich 19. Practices of 'being in places' in regard to the Japanese house. Ray Lucas PART 6: BEAUTY, THE BODY, PERFORMANCE AND RITUAL Introduction. Stephanie Bunn 20. Pretty modern: beauty and plastic surgery. Alex Edmonds 21. Beauty in motion: collective creativity in contemporary dance. Caroline Potter 22. Performance spaces, poetics and children with autistic spectrum disorder. Melissa Trimingham PART 7: BEAUTY, DESIGN AND ENGINEERING Introduction. Stephanie Bunn 23. Collaborative form(s). Wendy Gunn 24. Fabric Samples: The Beauty-Military Paradigm of Textiles U.S.A. T'ai Smith 25. Engineering as Process. Ian J. Ewart PART 8: BEAUTY, SOCIALITY AND SYNTHESIS Introduction. Stephanie Bunn 26. Appropriation, imitation and creation: glass beadwork among Panara people. Elizabeth Ewart 27. Dispersed Beauty. Amanda Ravetz 28. Balance, brightness, and the animal body: the harmony and order of Kyrgyz felt textiles. Stephanie Bunnshow more