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Thomas, Nicholas 1960-

Overview
Works: 95 works in 405 publications in 2 languages and 14,728 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Sources  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: G420.C65, 910.92
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Most widely held works about Nicholas Thomas
 
Most widely held works by Nicholas Thomas
Cook : the extraordinary voyages of Captain James Cook by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is the definitive chronicle of the three world-changing voyages made by Captain James Cook in the 1770s - voyages which substantially recast the known shape of the globe
Oceanic art by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the significance of art for the people of the Pacific Islands, discussing the specific art forms and practices of each region; and includes nearly two hundred illustrations
Tattoo : bodies, art, and exchange in the Pacific and the West( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book documents the extraordinary, intertwined histories of processes of cultural exchange and Pacific tattoo practices. Art historians, anthropologists and scholars of Oceania provide a transcultural history of tattooing in and beyond the Pacific. Together they offer a tantalizing glimpse into the plethora of stories and cross-cultural encounters that lie between the blood on a sailor's body in the eighteenth century and the hammering of a Samoan tattoo tool in the twenty-first."--Jacket
Islanders : the Pacific in the age of empire by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history and experiences of the Pacific Islanders during the age of empires, describing encounters between the Islanders and Europeans and discussing the region's culture and development
Out of time : history and evolution in anthropological discourse by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entangled objects : exchange, material culture, and colonialism in the Pacific by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author takes up issues central to modern anthropology. In so doing he raises doubts about any simple "us / them" dichotomy between Westerners and Pacific Islanders, challenging the preoccupation of anthropology with cultural differences by stressing the shared history of colonial entanglement
Colonialism's culture : anthropology, travel, and government by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

28 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a wide-ranging account of the development of ideas about human difference, Nicholas Thomas challenges reigning theories that portray colonialism as monolithic in character, purpose, and efficacy throughout the world. Taking issue with such writers as Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Spivak, Thomas describes colonialism not so much as a discourse but a project--a project in which the interactions among colonizing and colonized people are far more variable and reveal greater ambivalence than generally imagined. In addition to his review of current literature in cultural studies, the author provides extended reflections on photographs, colonial novels, exhibits of indigenous art, ethnographic films, and recent Hollywood films in order to reveal how deep and pervasive is colonialism's culture for colonizer and colonized. Thomas proposes that historicized, ethnographic explorations of the colonial experience are the most fruitful approaches to understanding colonialism's continued effects. He draws on travel, anthropology, and government as vehicles that gave nineteenth-and early twentieth-century Europeans exposure to colonized populations and provided a language through which to discuss them. The author reveals colonialism to be a complex ongoing cultural process--one in which dominated populations are represented in ways that play upon and legitimize racial and cultural differences. A provocative book for specialists, Colonialism's Culture can also serve as a stimulating introduction for students across the social sciences and humanities interested in this multifaceted field of inquiry
Exploration & exchange : a South Seas anthology, 1680-1900( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology places the works of such well-known figures as Captain James Cook and Robert Louis Stevenson alongside the writings of lesser-known explorers, missionaries, beachcombers, and literary travellers who roamed the South Seas from the late 17th through the late 19th centuries
Shamanism, history, and the state( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ecstatic and inspirational religious practices referred to as shamanism have long fascinated European intellectuals, theorists of religion, and anthropologists. Yet, despite an extensive literature on curing and trances, the political and historical significance of shamanic activities has been largely neglected. Shamanism, History, and the State offers a major reappraisal of the topic, drawing together nine essays that explore the contexts of shamanic practice in ancient Rome, south Asia, Siberia, Polynesia, and elsewhere. The contributors to the volume - distinguished anthropologists, classicists, and historians from England, Australia, and France - present new ways of thinking about social and historical connections and show that shamanism is not static and stable but always changing as a result of political dynamics and historical processes. They ask - and answer - important questions: What relationship have shamanic practices had with other indigenous forms of ritual authority? With state power? To what extent have these activities provided a focus for anticolonial protest? How have magic and cult activities been appropriated and internalized by states? This fascinating series of case studies exemplifies a new style of comparative anthropology. Shamanism, History, and the State will be essential reading for students and teachers of anthropology, classics, and comparative religion. Contributors are Tamsyn Barton, Susan Bayly, Mary Beard, Maurice Bloch, Peter Gow, Roberte N. Hamayon, Stephen Hugh-Jones, Caroline Humphrey, and Nicholas Thomas
In Oceania : visions, artifacts, histories by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Oceania" documents and analyses the "rhetorical artifacts" of explorers, missionaries, fiction and travel writers, and the people of the Pacific themselves to illustrate how Oceanic identities have been represented over time. The author shows how cultures of the Pacific Islands have dealt with colonialist ventures, modernity, and the debate about the recuperation of histories and traditions with the resulting interactions between indigenous cultures and European influences creating entirely new identities
Body art by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body art, practiced across the world cultures and throughout history, is the most intimate art form, linking the self, the senses, and the social and political. In recent years, it has proliferated in an unprecedented way, borrowing motifs and practices from many different traditions. Explore their role in expressing personal and cultural identity; their longstanding associations with ritual, theatricality, criminality and beauty; and their recent resurgence via the Modern Primitive movement and the work of contemporary artists such as Marc Quinn and Rebecca Belmore. The diversity of body arts is chronicled here: from Australian and African traditions of painting and scarification to Chinese footbinding, Russian prison tattoos, Harlem drag balls and the inked designs worn by celebrities such as Tupac Shakur and David Beckham
Beyond aesthetics : philosophical essays by Noël Carroll( Book )

13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although well versed in the meaning of art in small-scale tribal societies, anthropologists are still wrestling with the question of how to interpret art in a complex, post-colonial environment. Alfred Gell confronted this problem in his study 'Art and Agency' (see also library Boekmanfoundation 98-366) in which he argued that art objects could be seen not as bearers of meaning or aesthetic value, but as forms mediating social action. Offering a new overview of the anthropology of art, this book begins where Gell left off. Presenting wide-ranging critiques of the limits of aesthetic interpretation, the workings of objects in practice, the relations between meaning and efficacy and the politics of postcolonial art, its contributors both elaborate on and dissent from the controversies of Gell's important text. Subjects covered include music and the internet as well as ethnographic traditions and contemporary indigenous art
Marquesan societies : inequality and political transformation in eastern Polynesia by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discoveries : the voyages of Captain Cook by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Captain James Cook was one of the greatest sea explorers of all time. His epic voyages charted the islands of the Pacific, defined the coasts of New Zealand and eastern Australia and ventured into both Arctic and Antarctic ice. His men suffered near shipwreck, were ravaged by tropical diseases and survived frozen oceans. They did all this not for conquest but, as Nicholas Thomas's book shows, to map the unknown and chart new territory."--BOOK JACKET
Observations made during a voyage round the world by Johann Reinhold Forster( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A voyage round the world by Georg Forster( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bad colonists : the South Seas letters of Vernon Lee Walker and Louis Becke by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text provides a window into the fantasies and realities of colonial life by presenting separate sets of letters by two late 19th-century British colonists of the South Pacific: Vernon Lee Walker and Louis Becke
Narratives of nation in the South Pacific by Ton Otto( Book )

16 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays which focuses upon local perceptions of the state, efforts to ground nationhood in tradition, the character of national narratives and recent transformations of the Pacific nationalism. Case studies are included from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa and the Cook Islands
Mutiny and aftermath : James Morrison's account of the mutiny on the Bounty and the island of Tahiti by James Morrison( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Journal" was composed before the trial 3 or 4 years after the events it narrates, probably from notes taken at the time of these events, though this is a supposition
The return of curiosity : what museums are good for in the 21st century by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the last twenty years museums have proliferated, attracting new audiences and assuming new prominence in public life. Nicholas Thomas argues that what is special about museums are their collections, which are not just rich resources for reflection, but creative technologies that enable people to make new things in the present. Reflecting on art, science, history, and world cultures museums around the world, Thomas shows that in times marked by insecurity and increasing conflict, museums can help to sustain and enrich civil society. They stimulate a curiosity that is vital to understanding and negotiating the cosmopolitan but dangerous world we all now inhabit."--Back cover
 
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Cook : the extraordinary voyages of Captain James Cook
Alternative Names
Nicholas Thomas antropoloog uit Australië

Nicholas Thomas British archaeologist

Thomas, Nicholas Jeremy.

Languages
English (244)

French (4)

Covers
Oceanic artTattoo : bodies, art, and exchange in the Pacific and the WestIslanders : the Pacific in the age of empireOut of time : history and evolution in anthropological discourseEntangled objects : exchange, material culture, and colonialism in the PacificColonialism's culture : anthropology, travel, and governmentExploration & exchange : a South Seas anthology, 1680-1900Shamanism, history, and the state