Redefining Crafts and Craft Enterprises in the Twenty-First Century : Theoretical Analysis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


When studying crafts as a tangible material culture associated with intangible heritage contexts, it is essential to investigate the terms objectification, material culture and artifact. These three terms are connected with the concepts of ‘thing’, socialization, production, biography, exchange, art, fetishism, taste, lifestyle, consumption, values, history, place and landscape(Tilley, 2010); therefore, it is very important to clarify these concepts as an introduction to a study of crafts and crafts enterprise. All the above-mentioned concepts establish a platform for the study of issues related to crafts and crafts enterprises in very changeable time. This paper will introduce relevant terminologies and provide definitions to clarify how these terms are being used in the twenty-first century. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the concepts of objectification, material culture and artifacts in general, which will form a background to exploring the field's main concepts of craft and craft enterprise in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sixth Asian Conference on Art and Humanities- Osaka - Japan
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Cite this