1. Aesthetics

Aesthetic Embodiment and Commodity Capitalism

  1. Frances E. Mascia-Lees
  1. Frances E. Mascia-Lees

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340488.ch1

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

How to Cite

Mascia-Lees, F. E. (2011) Aesthetics, in A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment (ed F. E. Mascia-Lees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340488.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Author Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189491

Online ISBN: 9781444340488

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Keywords:

  • aesthetics - aesthetic embodiment and commodity capitalism;
  • “aesthetic,” a slippery term - complicating history in Western philosophy;
  • Kantian notion of aesthetic - as autonomous, removed from normal needs and desires;
  • aesthetic, central concern to critical theory;
  • danger of numbing effects of consumer capitalism - on human senses;
  • Buck-Morss, arguing that deadening of political response - and passive consumers;
  • Los Angeles's Bonaventure Hotel - disorienting aesthetic space;
  • anthropology, interest in the senses - investigating how meanings are invested;
  • ideology of an aesthetic;
  • ethnography of aesthetic - notions of beauty

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Aestheticization of Everyday Life

  • Aesthetic Embodiment

  • The U.S. Arts and Crafts Revival

  • The Ideology of an Aesthetic

  • The Ethnography of an Aesthetic

  • Conclusion

  • References