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Unpacking Culture

Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

Ruth B. Phillips (Editor), Christopher B. Steiner (Editor)

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Paperback, 435 pages
ISBN: 9780520207974
January 1999
$36.95, £27.95
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Tourist art production is a global phenomenon and is increasingly recognized as an important and authentic expression of indigenous visual traditions. These thoughtful, engaging essays provide a comparative perspective on the history, character, and impact of tourist art in colonized societies in three areas of the world: Africa, Oceania, and North America. Ranging broadly historically and geographically, Unpacking Culture is the first collection to bring together substantial case studies on this topic from around the world.
Jonathan Batkin
Janet Catherine Berlo
Marsha C. Bol
Marvin Cohodas
Frank Ettawageshik
Nelson H. H. Graburn
Sidney Littlefield Kasfir
Stephen R. Inglis
Carol S. Ivory
Aldona Jonaitis
Molly Lee
Trudy Nicks
Sandra A. Niessen
Nancy J. Parezo
Ruth B. Phillips
Enid Schildkrout
Eric Kline Silverman
Christopher B. Steiner
Verity Wilson
Ruth B. Phillips is Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Art History and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Representing Women: Sande Masquerade of the Mende of Sierra Leone (1990) and Trading Identities: Native Art and the Souvenir in Northeastern North America, 1700-1900 (1998). Christopher B. Steiner is Lucy C. McDannel '22 Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies at Connecticut College. He is the author of African Art in Transit (1994) and coeditor of Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation (1997).
"An outstanding set of studies that work well with each other to produce truly substantial and rich insights into the making and consuming of art in the colonial and post-colonial world."—Susan S. Bean, Curator, Peabody Essex Museum

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