The History of Inuit Art Book Review

The History of Inuit Art
A review of Richard C. Crandall's book "Inuit Art: A History".
# 153999 | 3,662 words | 0 sources | 2014 | CA
Published by on Aug 27, 2014 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Anthropology (North American) , Art (History)

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"This is a review of Richard C. Crandall's Inuit Art: A History(2005). It begins with an overview of the book's fifteen chapters (the first one of which was written by his wife Amanda Royce Crandall). It then goes on to critique the way Crandall chose to present his material. The first of these critiques relates to Crandall's decision to present the material in strictly chronological order. A better approach would have been to arrange the material topically so that related material could appear together in one place rather than scattered at random throughout a chapter or over several chapters. The second critique relates to Crandall's specifically stated goal to maintain objectivity as a way of giving the book scientific respectability. Crandall's objectivity is excessive and contrived and comes across as lack of passion for his subject. He presents opposing points of view without evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and he offers no personal opinions. His book thus takes on the character of a large-scale literature review, and not a very good one at that, since it offers no interpretative synthesis of the material presented. Crandall goes into some detail in discussing the problems he faced in dealing with his source materials, particularly in regard to their reliability and the contradictions between various sources. The review concludes by saying that the value of the book resides in its compendious nature, but that its chief failing is that it leaves the reader to sort through and makes sense of the voluminous material on his or her own."

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