The articulation of style and social structure through Aboriginal Australian art

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Abstract

In theory, artists can depict anything they wish, but they don't. Human behaviour is governed by social and symbolic institutions which control art production through establishing the range of choices available to artists. In this way the art of any society is reflective of the social structures operating within that society and analysis of patterning in the art can provide insights into those structures. The following discussion focusses on the manner in which secular art articulates with social structures in Arnhem Land and the Western Desert to promote social differentiation or integration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Aboriginal Studies
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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