The Art of Anthropology: Essays and Diagrams

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This work collects together the most influential of Gell's writings 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 ...

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This work collects together the most influential of Gell's writings 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.

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Collects together writings of anthropologist Alfred Gell, spanning the past two decades. Essays demonstrate his theoretical and empirical interests and his contribution to key areas of inquiry. A central theme is Gell's original exploration of diagrammatic imagery as the site where social relations and cognitive processes converge and crystallize. He tracks this imagery across studies of tribal market transactions, dance forms, and analysis of artworks. Gell was reader in anthropology at the London School of Economics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Plates vi
Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction: Notes on Seminar Culture and Some Other Influences 1
1 Strathernograms, or the Semiotics of Mixed Metaphors 29
2 Inter-Tribal Commodity Barter and Reproductive Gift Exchange in Old Melanesia 76
3 The Market Wheel: Symbolic Aspects of an Indian Tribal Market 107
4 Style and Meaning in Umeda Dance 136
5 The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology 159
6 Vogel's Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps 187
7 On Coote's 'Marvels of Everyday Vision' 215
8 The Language of the Forest: Landscape and Phonological Iconism in Umeda 232
9 Exalting the King and Obstructing the State: A Political Interpretation of Royal Ritual in Bastar District, Central India 259
The Published Work of Alfred Gell 283
Index 286
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