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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has light surface rubbing, light fading to the spine area, and a light bend to the bottom right corner on the front. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 210 x 299 mm
Pages: 270
Publisher: Massey University
Publication date: 1994

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The Arts in Aotearoa New Zealand
By Peter Beatson & Dianne Beatson

The Arts in Aotearoa New Zealand is a comprehensive overview of the country's artistic culture, past and present, Maori and Pakeha, male and female, high and popular. More importantly, it provides a sociological framework for the analysis of the production, distribution and consumption of the arts within their broader economic, political, social and cultural contexts.

Its main themes are the tension between art and commerce, the nationalist / internationalist debate and the contribution made by art to gender, ethnic, class and community identity. A host of other topical issues are also covered including the politics of the Arts Council, the funding of public service broadcasting and the fraught relationships between artists and critics.

This book is an ideal text for teaching and learning about New Zealand art and society. Its analytical categories, factual summaries and conceptual clarifications will assist researchers and policy makers, while its accessible style makes it entertaining reading for anybody with a general interest in the arts. The underlying message of the work is summarised in its concluding words: 'The arts are not a dispensable frill. They lie at the very heart of the human condition.'

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