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Review/Reseña de The Value of Aesthetics: Oaxacan Woodcarvers in the Global Economies of Culture, de Alanna Cant. 2019.

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Andrew Frederick Milacci

Liberty University, US
About Andrew
Andrew F. Milacci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Liberty University. Recipient of the 2019 Liberty University President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. His research interests include Brazilian cordel poetry and the Spanish Picaresque. Email: afmilacci@liberty.edu.
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Reseña. The Value of Aesthetics: Oaxacan Woodcarvers in the Global Economies of Culture, de Alanna Cant (2019), arroja luz sobre los efectos de la globalización al adentrar en el caso específico del mercado de tallados de madera en San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca. En particular, el libro desarrolla la idea de la “economía de cultura” para explicar cómo la compleja relación entre arte, estética, cultura, autenticidad, autoría y consumo se sopesa en la consideración del valor de las tallas, tanto al nivel local como al nivel nacional y global. La autora cruza fronteras interdisciplinarias al explorar tales temas como la estética y la belleza, el valor, los derechos de autor, el aura benjaminiana de una pieza de arte, las dinámicas relaciones de una comunidad y las interacciones comerciales que tienen los artesanos con consumidores, otros artesanos, conservadores que representan museos y hasta con oficiales de organizaciones gubernamentales.  

Review. The Value of Aesthetics: Oaxacan Woodcarvers in the Global Economies of Culture, by Alanna Cant (2019), sheds light on the effects of globalization by examining the specific case of the market for wooden carvings in San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca. In particular, the book develops the idea of “economies of culture” to explain how the complex relationship between art, aesthetics, culture, authenticity, authorship, and consumption is weighed when considering the value of the carvings at the local level, as well as nationally and globally. The author crosses interdisciplinary lines by exploring topics such as aesthetics and beauty, value, authorial copyrights, Benjamin’s aura of a work of art, the dynamic relations within a community, and artisans’ commercial interactions with consumers, other artisans, conservators who represent museums, and even government officials.

How to Cite: Milacci, A.F., 2020. Review/Reseña de The Value of Aesthetics: Oaxacan Woodcarvers in the Global Economies of Culture, de Alanna Cant. 2019.. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 4(1), pp.207–209. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/marlas.306
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