African Objects and the Idea of Fetish

@article{Macgaffey1994AfricanOA,
  title={African Objects and the Idea of Fetish},
  author={Wyatt Macgaffey},
  journal={RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics},
  year={1994},
  volume={25},
  pages={123 - 131}
}
  • W. Macgaffey
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • Art
  • RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics
William Pietz has written a series of provocative and wide-ranging articles on the origin of the idea of fetishism and the role of that idea in European social thought, particularly in the last century (Pietz 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991). Currently we are ashamed to apply nineteenth-century labels and explanations to African culture without some attempt at modification, but in some areas we have not really developed any strong substitutes. In an attempt to move in that direction, this article makes… 
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