Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering After Alfred Gell (Hardback)
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Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering After Alfred Gell (Hardback)

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Hardback 212 Pages / Published: 26/04/2013
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One of the most influential anthropological works of the last two decades, Alfred Gell's Art and Agency, is a provocative and ambitious work that both challenged and reshaped anthropological understandings of art, agency, creativity and the social. It has become a touchstone in contemporary artifact-based scholarship. Bringing together leading anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, and other scholars into an interdisciplinary dialogue with Art and Agency, this volume is a timely re-engagement with the themes, issues, and arguments at the heart of Gell's work, which remains salient - and controversial - in the social sciences and humanities. Extending his theory into new territory, from music to literary technology and ontology to technological change, the contributors do not simply take stock but also provoke: critically reassessing this important work while using it to challenge conceptual and disciplinary boundaries.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857457448
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

..".profound scholarly reflections on the distributed effects of Alfred Gell's endeavor to identify an anthropological theory of ...a captivating pendant piece to Gell's original publication. Itis not meant as a guidebook to understanding Gell's work; rather it is a collection of complex studies that capture distinct engagements with Gell's ideas around an anthropology of art." - Material World

"Chua and Elliott have pulled together an excellent volume to address a real problem in the interdisciplinary discussions of art... While I think the volume is most useful for those teaching arts-oriented disciplines, it is also a valuable volume for those thinking through curatorial choices in regard to ethnographic and art objects." - Museum Anthropology

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