A handmade future: the impact of design on the production and consumption of contemporary West African craft as a tool for sustainable development

Ladd, Katherine (2012) A handmade future: the impact of design on the production and consumption of contemporary West African craft as a tool for sustainable development Doctoral thesis, University of Brighton.

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Abstract

This research presents a critique of a craft development project carried out over a period of four years, where the nature of designer interventions in African craft projects is analysed and questions are raised that challenge the desirability and efficacy of such projects. This study is developed from the perspective of a professional designer rather than that of a professional development worker. Following this particular project over a continuous time period offers a specific and unique context in which to examine key and central issues: the design of such products by western designers for global markets, the consumption of ‘ethnic’ products in global markets, (including historical perspectives,) issues of authenticity, post-colonialism, and eurocentric connoisseurship.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: Copyright © and Moral Rights for this thesis are retained by the author and/or other copyright owners.
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Depositing User: LTS Systems
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 09:06
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 09:06
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12343

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