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1st Edition

Anthropology and Beauty
From Aesthetics to Creativity

Edited By

Stephanie Bunn

ISBN 9781138928794
Published January 30, 2018 by Routledge
502 Pages 32 Color & 52 B/W Illustrations

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Book 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

1. Introduction  2. The problem with beauty: an anthropological perspective  3. The material labour of artful mathematics  4. With beauty all around me, I walk  5. The unexpected gift of beauty  6. Beauty and captivation: Fuyuge gab and Gell’s anthropological theory of art  7. The continual changes: transforming art styles in Enlightenment Scotland and beyond  8. Grace in moving and joy in sharing: the intrinsic Beauty of communicative musicality from birth  9. The Favourite Sounds Project  10. Colour palettes and beauty  11. Aso iyi, aso eye: resplendence and the Yoruba prestige textile aso-oke  12. Beauty as a capacity: a study of hands-in-craft  13. Cinematographers’ skilled vision and aesthetic praxis  14. Beauty as skill and ‘common sensing’  15. Fleshly beauty: an anthropological perspective  16. Beauty in motion: collective creativity in contemporary dance  17. Surprised by beauty: Imagining Autism  18. Threshold and temporality in architecture: practices of movement in Japanese architecture  19. Carbuncles, surfaces and beautiful built environments  20. Paradigms of transmission: aesthetic affinities and intertextualities in the art of Will Maclean  21. Beauty and belonging  22. Beauty and economy  23. Mysterious equations: formulating good design for Textiles U.S.A.  24. Engineering as a process of beauty  25. Collaborative forms  26. Appropriation, imitation and creation: glass beadwork among Panará people  27. The beauty of sand-drawing in Vanuatu: kinship and continuity on Paama Island  28. The beautiful and the blessed: brightness, balance and bones in Kyrgyz shyrdak felt  29. From the North with my cello, or, five propositions on beauty

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