The Art of Anthropology
Essays and Diagrams
By (author) Alfred Gell
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Art of Anthropology by Alfred Gell
Book DescriptionThe Art of Anthropology collects together the most influential of Gell's writings, which span the past two decades, with a new introductory chapter written by Gell. The essays vividly demonstrate Gell's theoretical and empirical interests and his distinctive contribution to several key areas of current anthropological enquiry. A central theme of the essays is Gel's highly original exploration of diagrammatic imagery as the site where social relations and cognitive processes converge and crystallise. Gell tracks this imagery across studies of tribal market transactions, dance forms, the iconicity of language and his most recent and groundbreaking analyses of artworks.Written with Gell's characteristic fluidity and grace and generously illustrated with Gell's original drawings and diagrams, the book will interest art historians, sociologists and geographers no less than anthropologists, challenging, as it does, established ideas about exchange, representation, aesthetics, cognition and spatial and temporal processes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845204846
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alfred Gell
Art and Agency, Hardback (July 1998)
Completed just before Alfred Gell's death in January 1997, this book embodies the characteristics for which he was admired. The book aims to challenge the basis of the way art has been viewed in the human sciences. It presents a fundamental theory for an anthropology of art.
Anthropology of Time, Paperback (July 1996)
An examination of the phenomenon of time and to what extent our awareness of it is culturally conditioned. The writer provides a detailed analysis of theories put forward by such thinkers as Durkheim, Evans-Pritchard, Levi-Strauss, Geertz, Piaget, Husserl and Bourdieu.
Wrapping in Images, Paperback (March 1996)View all books by Alfred Gell
Wrapping in Images is a comparative analysis of tattooing in Polynesia in its original setting. It shows how tattooing played a key role in the social construction of the person in the main Polynesian societies, and provides a new perspective on Polynesian comparative sociology.
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Author Biography - Alfred Gell
Alfred Gell was a reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and was posthumously awarded a Professorship by the School.
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