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Encountering Craft
Methodological Approaches from Anthropology, Art History, and Design

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ISBN 9780367459352
May 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book reflects on the methodological challenges and possibilities encountered when researching practices that have been historically defined and classified as ‘craft.’ It fosters an understanding of how methodology, across disciplines, contributes to analytical frameworks within which the subject-matter of craft is defined and constructed. The contributions are written by scholars whose work focuses on different craft practices across geographies. Each chapter contains detailed case study material along with theoretical analysis of the research challenges confronted. They provide valuable insight into how methodologies emerge in response to particular research conditions and contexts, addressing issues of decolonization, representation, institutionalization, and power. Informed by anthropology, art history and design, this volume facilitates interdisciplinary discussion and touches on some of the most critical issues related to craft research today.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Chandan Bose and Mira Mohsini

  3. Critical Cloth: The Contemporary Toile de Jouy Print
    as Postcolonial Critique in Art and Design
  4. Stephanie Sabo

  5. Craft, relationality, history: Wood furniture-making
    in mid-twentieth century Japan
  6. Sarah Teasley

  7. Narrating indigo: Telling and re-telling subjectivities of craft in India
  8. Aarti Kawlra

  9. Disentangling history and practice in the weaving and dyeing course
  10. at Kyoto City University of Arts

    Elena Cinelli

  11. Prolegomena for World War I craft therapy for American injured soldiers
  12. and Reconstruction Aides

    Jennifer Way

  13. Theorising Indigenous art practice, practicing Indigenous art theories:
  14. Māori weaving as research methodology

    Hinekura Smith

  15. Negotiating Apprenticeship: Praxis and Strictures of a Craft Practice
  16. Nikita Kaul

  17. ‘Writing Practices’ and Writing ‘Practices’:
    Observation and struggle in fieldnotes about artisanal work
  18. Alanna Cant

  19. Coda

Chandan Bose and Mira Mohsini

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Chandan Bose is a cultural anthropologist who works on craft production in contemporary India. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.

Mira Mohsini (she/her) is a trained cultural anthropologist. She has conducted ethnographic research in India on urban craft economies, with a focus on how Muslim artisans adapt, survive, and create in the midst of multiple intersecting forms of marginalization.