Perspectives on Work, Home, and Identity From Artisans in Telangana

Conversations Around Craft

  • Chandan Bose

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Chandan Bose
    Pages 1-57
  3. Chandan Bose
    Pages 59-88
  4. Chandan Bose
    Pages 89-134
  5. Chandan Bose
    Pages 209-256
  6. Chandan Bose
    Pages 257-299
  7. Chandan Bose
    Pages 301-306
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-311

About this book


Providing an ethnographic account of the everyday life of a household of artisans in the Telangana state of southern India, Chandan Bose engages with craft practice beyond the material (in this case, the region's characteristic murals, narrative cloth scrolls, and ritual masks and figurines). In situating the voice of the artisans themselves as the central focus of study, simultaneous and juxtaposing histories of craft practice emerge, through which artisans assemble narratives about work, home, and identity through multiple lenses. These perspectives include: the language artisans use to articulate their experience of materials, materiality, and the physical process of making; the shared and collective memory of practitioners through which they recount the genealogy of the practice; the everyday life of the household and its kinship practices, given the integration of the studio-space and the home-space; the negotiations between practitioners and the nation-state over matters of patronage; and the capacities of artisans to both conform to and affect the practices of the neo-liberal market.


critical ethnography material culture contemporary craft craft historiography knowledge systems creative economies curatorial practice South Asia India Telangana

Authors and affiliations

  • Chandan Bose
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Liberal ArtsIndian Institute of TechnologyHyderabadIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-12515-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-12516-5
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