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Thomas, Nicholas 1960-

Works: 113 works in 408 publications in 2 languages and 16,219 library holdings
Genres: History  Travel writing  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Art  Case studies  Diaries  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director, Contributor
Classifications: G420.C65, 910.92
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Most widely held works about Nicholas Thomas
Most widely held works by Nicholas Thomas
A voyage round the world by Georg Forster( )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 2,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an English translation from 1772 of the famous Voyage Autour du Monde (1771) by Louis de Bougainville (1729-1811), French admiral and explorer. The contemporary fascination with global circumnavigation created demand for this translation by John Reinhold Forster (1729-98), which includes many annotations and comments from the translator himself on de Bougainville's observations. Describing all of de Bougainville's adventures on the voyage (which took place between 1766 and 1769) as well as his descriptions of local flora and fauna, the gripping tale includes such interesting passages as the unmasking of the botanist's valet as a woman (the first known to have circumnavigated the globe); de Bougainville's famous descriptions of Tahitian society; and graphic descriptions of the discomforts and perils of sea voyaging in the eighteenth century. It includes a copy of the original eighteenth-century plot of the route, and several plates representing original sketches from the trip
Cook : the extraordinary voyages of Captain James Cook by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,293 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
Beyond aesthetics : art and the technologies of enchantment by Thomas Pinney( )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The anthropology of art is currently at a crossroads. 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 recently confronted this problem in his posthumous book Art and Agency. The central thesis of his study was 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 distinguished contributors both elaborate on and dissent from the controversies of Gells important text. Subjects covered include music and the internet as well as ethnographic traditions and contemporary indigenous art. Geographically its case studies range from India to Oceania to North America and Europe. -- Publisher's blurb
Oceanic art by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

16 editions published in 1995 in 3 languages and held by 981 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
Mutiny and aftermath : James Morrison's account of the mutiny on the Bounty and the island of Tahiti by James Morrison( )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 936 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
Tattoo : bodies, art, and exchange in the Pacific and the West( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays collected here document 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
Islanders : the Pacific in the age of empire by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 798 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 )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The return of curiosity : what museums are good for in the 21st century by Nicholas Thomas( )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 626 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
Entangled objects : exchange, material culture, and colonialism in the Pacific by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 603 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
Double vision : art histories and colonial histories in the Pacific( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking as its departure point Bernard Smith's classic study, European Vision and the South Pacific (1960), Double Vision explores the ambivalences of European perceptions of the Pacific and juxtaposes them with the indigenous visual cultures
Colonialism's culture : anthropology, travel, and government by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 416 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 414 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 401 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. -- Back cover
Body art by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 390 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."--Publisher's description
Style and meaning : essays on the anthropology of art by Anthony Forge( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropology's engagement with art has a complex and uneven history. While material culture, 'decorative art', and art styles were of major significance for founding figures such as Alfred Haddon and Franz Boas, art became marginal as the discipline turned towards social analysis in the 1920s. This book addresses a major moment of renewal in the anthropology of art in the 1960s and 1970s. British anthropologist Anthony Forge (1929-1991), trained in Cambridge, undertook fieldwork among the Abelam of Papua New Guinea in the late 1950s and 1960s, and wrote influentially, especially about issues of style and meaning in art. His powerful, questioning-raising arguments addressed basic issues, asking why so much art was produced in some regions, and why was it so socially important?
In Oceania : visions, artifacts, histories by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 374 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
Marquesan societies : inequality and political transformation in eastern Polynesia by Nicholas Thomas( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Du site de l'éd.: Marquesan society has long captured the interest of European observers, in part because of unfamiliar institutions such as polyandry. However, due to complex and destructive historical changes and the very scattered nature of early source-materials, the distinctive Marquesan developments of Polynesian society have been obscure and at odds with anthropologists' and historians' overall understanding of Pacific societies. Nicholas Thomas's book, based on a critical study of the fullest possible range of sources, is the first to provide a clear account of early Marquesan social relations and culture, and as such will become a key source for Pacific scholars. However, Dr Thomas's discussion is not restricted to ethnohistoric documentation. His analysis of dynamic and highly fluid society and its encounters with early European visitors and traders encompasses wider debates about the nature of gender relations in Polynesian societies, small-scale hierarchical structures, cultural transformation, and longer-term change. In linking specific features of early Marquesan society, its contact with foreigners, and the longer-term transformations of eastern Polynesian societies, Dr Thomas offers Pacific studies a distinctive new perspective
Narratives of nation in the South Pacific by Ton Otto( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and held by 284 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
Observations made during a voyage round the world by Johann Reinhold Forster( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Cook : the extraordinary voyages of Captain James Cook
Cook : the extraordinary voyages of Captain James CookBeyond aesthetics : art and the technologies of enchantmentOceanic 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 PacificDouble vision : art histories and colonial histories in the Pacific
Alternative Names
Nicholas Thomas antropoloog uit Australië

Nicholas Thomas British archaeologist

Thomas, Nicholas

Thomas, Nicholas Jeremy.

English (208)

French (4)