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Anthropology and Beauty

From Aesthetics to Creativity, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephanie Bunn

Routledge

484 pages | 32 Color Illus. | 52 B/W Illus.

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Description

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 chapters 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 or 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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Notes on contributors

Acknowledgments

1 Anthropology and beauty: introduction

STEPHANIE BUNN

PART I Beauty and pattern

2 The problem with beauty: an anthropological perspective

SUSANNE KÜCHLER

3 The material labour of artful mathematics

ELIZABETH DE FREITAS

PART II Beauty as grace

4 With beauty all around me, I walk

JILL D’ALESSANDRO

5 The unexpected gift of beauty

MARC HIGGIN

6 Beauty and captivation: Fuyuge gab and Gell’s anthropological theory of art

ERIC HIRSCH

7 The continual changes: transforming art styles in Enlightenment Scotland and beyond

PETER GOW

PART III Perceiving beauty

8 Grace in moving and joy in sharing: the intrinsic Beauty of communicative musicality from birth

COLWYN TREVARTHEN AND STEPHEN MALLOCH

9 The Favourite Sounds Project

PETER CUSACK

10 Colour palettes and beauty

DIANA. J. B. YOUNG

11 Aso iyi, aso eye: resplendence and the Yoruba prestige textile aso-oke

ENI BANKOLE-RACE

PART IV Beauty and skill

12 Beauty as a capacity: a study of hands-in-craft

ANNA GUSTAFSSON

13 Cinematographers’ skilled vision and aesthetic praxis

CATHY GREENHALGH

14 Beauty as skill and ‘common sensing’

CRISTINA GRASSENI

PART V Beauty, the body and performance

15 Fleshly beauty: an anthropological perspective

ALEXANDER EDMONDS

16 Beauty in motion: collective creativity in contemporary dance

CAROLINE M. POTTER

17 Surprised by beauty: Imagining Autism

MELISSA TRIMINGHAM

PART VI Beauty in space and time

18 Threshold and temporality in architecture: practices of movement in Japanese architecture

RAY LUCAS

19 Carbuncles, surfaces and beautiful built environments

RACHEL J. HARKNESS

20 Paradigms of transmission: aesthetic affinities and intertextualities in the art of Will Maclean

LINDSAY BLAIR

21 Beauty and belonging

CARA KRMPOTICH

PART VII Beauty, work and design

22 Beauty and economy

STEPHEN GUDEMAN

23 Mysterious equations: formulating good design for Textiles U.S.A.

T’AI SMITH

24 Engineering as a process of beauty

IAN J. EWART

25 Collaborative forms

WENDY GUNN

PART VIII Beauty as synthesis

26 Appropriation, imitation and creation: glass beadwork among Panará people

ELIZABETH EWART

27 The beauty of sand-drawing in Vanuatu: kinship and continuity on Paama Island

CRAIG LIND

28 The beautiful and the blessed: brightness, balance and bones in Kyrgyz shyrdak felt

STEPHANIE BUNN

29 From the North with my cello, or, five propositions on beauty

TIM INGOLD

Index

About the Editor

Stephanie Bunn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General