Creativity and Cultural Improvisation

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There is no prepared script for social and cultural life. People work it out as they go along. Creativity and Cultural Improvisation casts fresh, anthropological eyes on the cultural sites of creativity that form part of our social matrix. The book explores the ways creative agency is attributed in the graphic and performing arts and in intellectual property law. It shows how the sources of creativity are embedded in social, political and religious institutions, examines the relation between creativity and the ...

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Overview

There is no prepared script for social and cultural life. People work it out as they go along. Creativity and Cultural Improvisation casts fresh, anthropological eyes on the cultural sites of creativity that form part of our social matrix. The book explores the ways creative agency is attributed in the graphic and performing arts and in intellectual property law. It shows how the sources of creativity are embedded in social, political and religious institutions, examines the relation between creativity and the perception and passage of time, and reviews the creativity and improvisational quality of anthropological scholarship itself. Individual essays examine how the concept of creativity has changed in the history of modern social theory, and question its applicability as a term of cross-cultural analysis. The contributors highlight the collaborative and political dimensions of creativity and thus challenge the idea that creativity arises only from individual talent and expression.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845205270
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Series: ASA Monographs Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hallam is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, and Tim Ingold is Professor, Department of Anthropology, both at University of Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents

Creativity and Cultural Improvisation: An Introduction —Elizabeth Hallam and Tim Ingold, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
• Improvisation and the Art of Making Things Stick—Karin Barber, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham
• I. Art, Intellect and the Attribution of Creative Agency
• Section Introduction—Tim Ingold, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
• Design, Innovation and Agency in Pattern Construction—Amar Mall, Department of Anthropology, University College London
• Creating or Performing Words Visually—Fuyubi Nakamura, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
• Creativity, Subjectivity and the Dynamic of Possessive Individualism—James Leach, King's College, University of Cambridge
• II. Creative Appropriations and Institutional Contexts
• Section Introduction —Melissa Demian, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, and Sari Wastell, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, London
• Creating Ethnography: Differing Notions of Creativity in Anthropological Knowledge Production, a Maori/European Example—Elizabeth Cory-Pearce, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, London
• Just Like the Greek Polis: Creativity, Authenticity and Political Legitimacy in Kabylia—Judith Scheele, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
• 'You Knit me in my Mother's Womb': Creativity and Creation in English Baptist Understandings of Assisted and Assisting Conception—Jeanette Edwards, Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
• III. Creativity and the Passage of Time: History, Tradition and the Life-Course
• Section Introduction—Sharon Macdonald, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, and Eric Hirsch, Department of Human Sciences, Brunel University
• Tradition and the Individual Talent: T.S. Eliot for Anthropologists—Felicia Hughes-Freeland, School of Social Sciences, University Wales, Swansea
• Back to the Future: Temporality, Narrative and the Ageing Self—Catherine Degnen, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle
• Performing the World: The Imaginative Link between Action and History—Kirsten Hastrup, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
• IV. The Creativity of Anthropological Scholarship
• Section introduction—Mark Harris, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews and Clara Mafra, Anthropology, State University of Rio de Janeiro
• From Documenting Culture to Experimenting with Cultural Phenomena: Using Fine Art
• Pedagogies with Visual Anthropology Students—Amanda Ravetz, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
• Creativity in Anthropology and Fiction Writing—Trevor Stack, Hispanic Studies, University of Aberdeen, and Robey Callahan, St Austell, Cornwall
• 'Radio Elicitation': New Directions in Radio Research—Richard Vokes, School of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
• Epilogue
• A World Without Anthropology—Clara Mafra, Anthropology, State University of Rio de Janeiro

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