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Artisans and Advocacy in the Global Market

Walking the Heart Path

Edited by Jeanne Simonelli, Katherine O'Donnell, and June Nash

Artisans and Advocacy in the Global Market2015. 304 pp., Color plates, figures, maps, notes, references, index, 6 x 92015. 304 pp., Color plates, figures, maps, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

The collaborations, cooperatives, and conundrums described in this collection reaffirm ancient traditions even as artisan production and the preservation of cultural identity interact to create a sustainable future that entails new kinds of producer-consumer relations and partnerships. Contributors to this book explore how crafts — pottery, weaving, basketmaking, storytelling — in Middle America and beyond are a means of making an intangible cultural heritage visible, material, and enduring. Each contribution shows how social science research can evolve into advocacy, collaboration, and friendship—activist work that exemplifies the continuing concerns of applied and practicing social scientists in an anthropology increasingly cognizant of both its past and its potential impact on power and equity.

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Contributors: Karen Charley, Vicki Cruz, Rosalinda Santiz Diaz, Betty J. Duggan, Duncan MacLean Earle, Christine E. Eber, Lea S. McChesney, Lupita McClanahan, June Nash, Katherine O'Donnell, Jeanne Simonelli

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  • “Not just a monumental contribution to the canon of activist anthropology, Artisans and Advocacy in the Global Market demonstrates quite clearly the significance of long-term ethnographic research. The editors along with the other contributors provide a concrete, powerful, and beautifully written volume that illustrates the very best of how to do politically engaged ethnography that is built on collaborative partnerships between anthropologists and community members. Such rich descriptions of indigenous artisans’ creative processes to develop products true to their cultural values and their struggles to engage global capitalism on their terms provide a clear example of best ethnographic practices.”
    Walter E. Little, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Institute for Mesoamerican Studies; President, Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
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