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Thomas, Nicholas 1960-

Works: 175 works in 424 publications in 2 languages and 15,054 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Art  Case studies  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Printer, Other
Classifications: G420.C65, 910.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nicholas Thomas
A voyage round the world by Georg Forster( )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Erster Band
Cook : the extraordinary voyages of Captain James Cook by Nicholas Thomas( Book )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,343 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 philosophical essays by Noël Carroll( )
9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,177 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
Oceanic art by Nicholas Thomas( Book )
15 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 962 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 )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 792 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."--BOOK JACKET
Islanders : the Pacific in the age of empire by Nicholas Thomas( Book )
12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 767 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 )
11 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Possessions : indigenous art, colonial culture by Nicholas Thomas( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Tribal art has been one of the great inspirations of 20th-century Western art. Europeans such as Picasso, Matisse, Ernst and Brancusi created their own responses to masks, sculpture and other forms of African, Oceanic and American art. But is this a cross-cultural discovery to be celebrated, or just one more example of Western colonial appropriation? This work seeks to prove that both viewpoints are too simplistic. It focuses on the distinctive situation of the settler society - countries such as Australia and New Zealand in which large numbers of Europeans made their home, displacing but never entirely eclipsing native peoples. Settler artists and designers have drawn on indigenous motifs and styles to create art. Yet powerful indigenous art traditions have also been used to assert the presence of native peoples and their prior claim to sovereignty. Cultural exchange proves to be a two-way process, and an unpredictable one: much contemporary indigenous art draws on modern Western art, while affirming ancestral values and rejecting the European appropriation of tribal culture."--Amazon
Let's be cops ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line
Entangled objects : exchange, material culture, and colonialism in the Pacific by Nicholas Thomas( Book )
8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 561 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 )
21 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 468 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
Double vision : art histories and colonial histories in the Pacific ( Book )
11 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 424 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
Exploration & exchange : a South Seas anthology, 1680-1900 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Oceania : visions, artifacts, histories by Nicholas Thomas( Book )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shamanism, history, and the state ( Book )
17 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 370 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
Mutiny and aftermath James Morrison's account of the mutiny on the Bounty and the island of Tahiti by James Morrison( )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Narratives of nation in the South Pacific by Ton Otto( Book )
14 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 333 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
Marquesan societies : inequality and political transformation in eastern Polynesia by Nicholas Thomas( Book )
5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 299 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 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Observations made during a voyage round the world by Johann Reinhold Forster( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Thomas, Nicholas Jeremy.
English (183)
French (4)