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Expressive Culture: Visual Arts Chapter 10
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Human Expression Often 1st thing encountered in another culture sight smell hearing feel
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How do we access the aesthetic quality of expression?
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Yardstick: The familiar sights and sounds that surround us during enculturation
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Expression is- Universal to all cultures/ humans Fundamental to the completeness of human life (?) Often depicted as escapist (on margins of society)
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In America Art is Usually: Peripheral to other aspects of life agree? E.g., visit galleries and museums to “view art” It is placed in our homes as “decoration”
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Artistic Specialists- Artists, Actors, Sports Stars, Shamans are often: Deviant by definition; they engage in activities that are not part of everyday life for most people
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Expressive Culture Provides a context in which cultural values and social institutions are reflected upon reinforced challenged
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Expressive culture may Disturb the gods or awaken demons In US: anxiety occasioned by play and expression is dealt w/ by dismissing these activities as unimportant operating on periphery
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