A REVIEW OF CHANDAN BOSE'S PERSPECTIVES ON WORK, HOME, AND IDENTITY FROM ARTISANS IN TELANGANA
CONVERSATIONS AROUND CRAFT
Keywords:ethnography, craft practice, arts research, relatedness, becoming, post-colonial India
This review considers Chandan Bose’s ethnographic study into arts and crafts practices in Telangana, India. Merits of the book include Bose’s nuanced interrogation of ethical complexities in and around ethnographic work, a centring of artisans’ voices through direct quotes, and an emphasis on knowledge as something crucially formed in and through subjective inter-relational connections. Bose draws links between practices of ethnography, art and storytelling. Broaching the book as a collaboration with rather than a study of the artisan community, Bose offers ways of re-seeing research, knowledge, and cultural engagement that will hold relevance across a wide range of fields and practices in and beyond contemporary academies.
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