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Perspectives on Work, Home, and Identity From Artisans in Telangana

Conversations Around Craft

Authors: Bose, Chandan

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  • Undertakes a uniquely “making” and narrative-oriented anthropological approach to the practice of craft
  • Weaves together an ethnographer’s sensory engagement with the voice of the artisan and a scholarly reflection on the cultural, political, and economic environment
  • Bridges narratives on artisanal life in South India from critical ethnography, post-colonial anthropology and historiography, art history, material culture studies, kinship and gender studies, and phenomenology
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Providing an ethnographic account of the everyday life of a household of artisans in the Telangana state of southern India, Chandan Bose engages with craft practice beyond the material (in this case, the region's characteristic murals, narrative cloth scrolls, and ritual masks and figurines). In situating the voice of the artisans themselves as the central focus of study, simultaneous and juxtaposing histories of craft practice emerge, through which artisans assemble narratives about work, home, and identity through multiple lenses. These perspectives include: the language artisans use to articulate their experience of materials, materiality, and the physical process of making; the shared and collective memory of practitioners through which they recount the genealogy of the practice; the everyday life of the household and its kinship practices, given the integration of the studio-space and the home-space; the negotiations between practitioners and the nation-state over matters of patronage; and the capacities of artisans to both conform to and affect the practices of the neo-liberal market.

About the authors

Chandan Bose is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Liberal Arts, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India. He researches and publishes on material practices and knowledge systems amongst artisanal communities in India.

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“The detailed explanation of usage of technologies and the nuances used by the practitioner, inputs into how to sit while painting and how to hold the brushes provides the know-how of the art of patam-pradarshankatha, making the book a useful tool to many. … the crux of the book which is a pleasure to read, especially for those who are fascinated towards crafts, anthropology and ancient arts forms.” (Telangana Today, June 30, 2019)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-12516-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12515-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perspectives on Work, Home, and Identity From Artisans in Telangana
Book Subtitle
Conversations Around Craft
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12516-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12516-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12515-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 311
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 79 illustrations in colour
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