Redefining Crafts and Crafts Enterprise in the Twenty-First Century: A Theoretical Analysis


When studying crafts as a tangible material culture associated with intangible heritage contexts, it is essential to investigate the terms objectification, material culture and artefact. These three terms are connected with the concepts of ‘thing’, socialization, production, biography, exchange, art, fetishism, taste, lifestyle, consumption, values, history, place and landscape (Tilley, 2010); therefore, it is very important to clarify these concepts as an introduction to a study of crafts and crafts enterprise. All the above-mentioned concepts establish a platform for the study of issues related to crafts and crafts enterprises in very changeable time. This paper will introduce relevant terminologies and provide definitions to clarify how these terms are being used in the twenty-first century. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the concepts of objectification, material culture and artefacts in general, which will form a background to exploring the field's main concepts of craft and craft enterprise in particular.

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Badar Mohammed Almamari, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Arts - Arts Theory and Criticism

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