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A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment by Frances E. Mascia-Lees

By Frances E. Mascia-Lees

A spouse to the Anthropology of the physique and Embodiment bargains unique essays that learn historic and modern techniques to conceptualizations of the body.

  • In this ground-breaking paintings at the physique and embodiment, the most recent scholarship from anthropology and similar social technology fields is gifted, offering new insights on physique politics and the event of the body
  • Original chapters disguise ancient and modern techniques and spotlight new learn frameworks
  • Reflects the expanding value of embodiment and its ethnographic contexts inside of anthropology
  • Highlights the expanding emphasis on interpreting the creation of clinical, technological, and scientific services in learning our bodies and embodiment

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Indd 13 2/15/2011 6:58:20 PM 14 FRANCES E. MASCIA-LEES by way of housing: social workers, labor unionists, feminist, architects, and artisans all called for “a beautiful home with a beautiful heart”7 at the same time that elected officials introduced policies encouraging home ownership to increase the political and economic stability of the nation (Maddex and Vertikoff 2003: 12). This commitment to the home led Stickley to design not only relatively inexpensive furniture, but affordable houses as well.

Indd 10 2/15/2011 6:58:20 PM AESTHETICS: AESTHETIC EMBODIMENT AND COMMODITY CAPITALISM 11 Individuals who attend the conference come not only to be educated but also to view and buy items for their home and to socialize with other Arts and Crafts enthusiasts, whether consumer, educator, or craftsperson. What is particularly significant to consumers at the GPI Arts and Crafts Conference is that it is a place where they can not only learn more about Arts and Crafts from seminars and lectures, but buy handicrafts directly from the very craftspeople who make them.

Just as the Japanese tea ceremony, described by Dorinne Kondo, can be understood as a confluence of religious and philosophical beliefs with an aesthetic that locates beauty in the mundane (Kondo 2005: 192–211), so too can Arts and Crafts be seen as a complex ethicalphilosophical-style nexus, with beauty sited in the everyday. However, while the beliefs of the tea ceremony are “given life” through ritual enactment with transcendence as its goal, the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, as we will see, is an intersubjective “lived” experience of immersion in the everyday.

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