Art, Anthropology and the Gift

Art, Anthropology and the Gift

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In recent decades, the dialogue between art and anthropology has been both intense and controversial. Art, Anthropology and the Gift provides a much-needed and comprehensive overview of this dialogue, whilst also exploring the reciprocal nature of the two subjects through practice, theory and politics. Fully engaging with anthropology and art theory, this book innovatively argues that art and anthropology don't just share methodologies, but also deeper intellectual, theoretical and even political concerns, inviting scholars and students alike to look at this contentious relationship in a more critical light. One of the central arguments of the book is that the problem of the 'gift' has been central to both anthropological and artistic practice. This very idea connects the different chapters on topics including aesthetics, politics, participation and fieldwork.However, itistrue that this wider contemporary elite is surroundedby amuch bigger a€œmultitudea€of art students, local art centers and ... This apparent contradictionisjust one ofthe problems thatthe modelof the postFordist world seems to pose. ... last 20 yearsa€”even if a€œcreative accountancya€is probably notthe firstexample ofcreative economy that manuals would use. ... Boris Groyswould saya€”aparticular form of a€œorganizing lifeas an event, as pure activity thatoccursin timea€ (Groys 2002:6).

Title:Art, Anthropology and the Gift
Author:Roger Sansi
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing - 2014-11-20


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