Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell

Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell

by Liana Chua (Editor), Mark Elliott (Editor)
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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. This volume brings together leading anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians and other scholars into an interdisciplinary dialogue with Art and Agency, generating 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.

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Publication Date
March 01, 2013
Publisher
Page count
232
ISBN
9780857457431
Paper ISBN
9780857457448