A Return to the Object: Alfred Gell, Art, and Social Theory (Criminal Practice Series)

December 9, 2020
A Return to the Object: Alfred Gell, Art, and Social Theory (Criminal Practice Series)

This book draws on the work of anthropologist Alfred Gell toreinstate the importance of the object in art and society. Ratherthan presenting art as a passive recipient of the artist'sintention and the audience's critique, the authors consider it inthe social environment of its production and reception.A Return to the Object introduces the historical andtheoretical framework out of which an anthropology of art hasemerged, and examines the conditions under which it has renewedinterest. It also explores what art 'does' as a social and culturalphenomenon, and how it can impact alternative ways of organisingand managing knowledge. Making use of ethnography, museologicalpractice, the intellectual history of the arts and sciences,material culture studies and intangible heritage, the authorspresent a case for the re-orientation of current conversationssurrounding the anthropology of art and social theory.This text will be of key interest to students and scholars inthe social and historical sciences, arts and humanities, andcognitive sciences.