What is a small-scale society
What is a small-scale society CSTM252
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Date Created: 02/09/15
What is a smallscale society 01212015 Smallscale societies 1 obtain the necessitates of life from simple technologies i simple tools such as bows arrows etc 2 populations are relatively low i usually less than 1000 3 have relatively limited amount of political economic and social strati cation aesthetic beauty The only factor that differs small scale societies from the others is the scale What to keep in mind 0 Art in smallscale societies is often integrated into the religious social and political life of the individuals within culture 0 Cultural art re ects cultural patterns What do we need to consider when looking at art from an anthropological perspective 0 Meaning 0 Where it was made 0 Who made it Usefunction Anthropology of art 0 quotArt is culturally signi cant meaning skillfully encoded in an affecting sensuous mediumquot Anderson 2004227 Culturally signi cant meaning 0 Can be iconographic or symbolic indicates someonesomething Conduit for communication Spirits and other abstract subjects become tangible Storage of information Style 0 Group membership shared traditions 0 Limited by medium and cultural context 0 Manifestation of meaning Sensuous affecting medium 0 Engender powerful feelings Stimulates senses affects emotions Special skill 0 Artists are recognized in every society however this differs between levels of societal complexity What is the art s function 0 Art is a multifunctional phenomenon Not all functions are obvious Is it necessary to know an art s function in a society to have an aesthetic appreciation for the art What is its use What is its purpose What is the emic perception of art How does the art work at the individual and societal level Common functions of art are in smallscale societies Story telling communicates cultural info Honor godperson Unique Staturestatus 0 Task 0 Trade 0 Law and order Reinforce kinship and alliances Show position in society 0 Demonstrate and reinforce leadership Represent honor teach religion Art in small scale societies Expresses and communicates Stimulates the senses o Is culturally patterned Has meaning 0 Does not require fulltime specialists o
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