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- DescriptionThis is the first study to survey the field of the anthropology of aesthetics, which during the last few decades has emerged on the cross-roads between anthropology and n-Western art scholarship. While critically examining the available literature, thereby addressing such basic issues as the existence of aesthetic universals, the author elaborates on a central thesis which concerns the relationship between aesthetic preference and sociocultural ideals. Drawing on empirical data from several African cultures, he demonstrates that varying tions of beauty are inspired by varying sociocultural ideals, thus shedding light on the phemen of cultural relativism in aesthetic preference. Emphasizing unity within diversity, the systematic anthropological approach offered in this volume invites the reader to reconsider aesthetic preference from an empirical, cross-cultural, and contextual perspective.
- Author BiographyWilfried van Damme, Ph.D. (1993), University of Ghent, specializes in the anthropology of art and easthetics. Previous publications include A Comparative Analysis concerning Beauty and Ugliness in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghent, 1987). He is presently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ghent.
- Author(s)Wilfried van Damme
- Date of Publication01/08/1996
- Series TitlePhilosophy of History and Culture
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 17
- Place of PublicationLeiden
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Content Note16 illustrations
- Weight901 g
- Width160 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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