Organised around the theme of beauty, this innovative collection offers insight into the development of anthropological thinking on art, aesthetics and creativity in recent years. The volume incorporates current work on perception and generative processes, and seeks to move beyond a purely aesthetic and relativist stance. The chapters invite readers to consider how people sense and seek out beauty, whether through acts of human creativity and production; through sensory experience of sound, light or touch, or experiencing architecture; visiting heritage sites or ancient buildings; experiencing the environment through ‘places of outstanding natural beauty’; or through cooperative action, machine-engineering or designing for the future.

chapter 1|20 pages

Anthropology and beauty

ByStephanie Bunn

part I|30 pages

Beauty and pattern

chapter 2|13 pages

The problem with beauty

An anthropological perspective
BySusanne Küchler

chapter 3|15 pages

The material labour of artful mathematics 1

ByElizabeth de Freitas

part II|61 pages

Beauty as grace

chapter 4|14 pages

With beauty all around me, I walk

ByJill D’Alessandro

chapter 5|15 pages

The unexpected gift of beauty

ByMarc Higgin

chapter 6|16 pages

Beauty and captivation

Fuyuge gab and Gell’s anthropological theory of art
ByEric Hirsch

chapter 7|14 pages

The continual changes

Transforming art styles in Enlightenment Scotland and beyond
ByPeter Gow

part III|74 pages

Perceiving beauty

chapter 8|16 pages

Grace in moving and joy in sharing

The intrinsic Beauty of communicative musicality from birth
ByColwyn Trevarthen, Stephen Malloch

chapter 9|17 pages

The Favourite Sounds Project

ByPeter Cusack

chapter 10|18 pages

Colour palettes and beauty

ByDiana J. B. Young

chapter 11|21 pages

Aso iyi, aso eye

Resplendence and the Yoruba prestige textile aso-oke
ByEni Bankole-Race

part IV|43 pages

Beauty and skill

chapter 12|15 pages

Beauty as a capacity

A study of hands-in-craft
ByAnna Gustafsson

chapter 13|13 pages

Cinematographers’ skilled vision and aesthetic praxis

ByCathy Greenhalgh

chapter 14|13 pages

Beauty as skill and ‘common sensing’

ByCristina Grasseni

part V|45 pages

Beauty, the body and performance

chapter 15|15 pages

Fleshly beauty

An anthropological perspective
ByAlexander Edmonds

chapter 16|14 pages

Beauty in motion

Collective creativity in contemporary dance
ByCaroline M. Potter

chapter 17|14 pages

Surprised by beauty

Imagining Autism
ByMelissa Trimingham

part VI|62 pages

Beauty in space and time

chapter 18|13 pages

Threshold and temporality in architecture

Practices of movement in Japanese architecture
ByRay Lucas

chapter 19|14 pages

Carbuncles, surfaces and beautiful built environments

ByRachel J. Harkness

chapter 20|18 pages

Paradigms of transmission

Aesthetic affinities and intertextualities in the art of Will Maclean
ByLindsay Blair

chapter 21|15 pages

Beauty and belonging

ByCara Krmpotich

part VII|61 pages

Beauty, work and design

chapter 22|12 pages

Beauty and economy

ByStephen Gudeman

chapter 23|18 pages

Mysterious equations

Formulating good design for Textiles U.S.A.
ByT’ai Smith

chapter 24|14 pages

Engineering as a process of beauty

ByIan J. Ewart

chapter 25|15 pages

Collaborative forms

ByWendy Gunn

part VIII|64 pages

Beauty as synthesis

chapter 26|15 pages

Appropriation, imitation and creation

Glass beadwork among Panará people
ByElizabeth Ewart

chapter 27|16 pages

The beauty of sand-drawing in Vanuatu

Kinship and continuity on Paama Island
ByCraig Lind

chapter 28|15 pages

The beautiful and the blessed

Brightness, balance and bones in Kyrgyz shyrdak felt
ByStephanie Bunn

chapter 29|16 pages

From the North with my cello, or, five propositions on beauty

ByTim Ingold