Material culture is the study of material products of human manufacturing processes, or 'the history of things'. Since material culture studies re-emerged within Anglo-American archaeology and anthropology in the late 1960s, this field of study has spread to a variety of other disciplines including cultural studies, history, literary studies, semiotics, consumer studies, market research, museum studies, linguistics, design and art history, to name but a few.
This five-volume set brings together key nineteenth and twentieth century texts along with the most significant publications from the past forty years to create an accessible and comprehensive survey of the field.
Each volume includes a new introduction by the editor, placing the articles selected within their intellectual and historical context and the set is completed with a thorough index.
Forthcoming titles in this series include Cultural Geography (September 2004, 4 volumes, £495) and Economic Geography (2004, 5 volumes, £625).
Volume 1: History and Scope of Material Culture Studies
Including key nineteenth and twentieth century texts
Volume 2: The Return of Material Culture Studies
Gathers the most significant texts from within and outside anthropology and archaeology during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Volume 3: The Expansion of Material Culture Studies
Represents the expansion, during the 1980s and 1990s into other disciplines and linguistic traditions, namely cultural studies, cultural history, design and art history, consumption studies, semiotics and literary studies.
Volume 4: The Future of Material Culture Studies
Identifies fruitful research problems and general directions for the interdisciplinary study of material culture.
The Critical Concepts in Social Sciences series encompasses a wide area of study and consequently the series includes titles on a number of popular subject areas, including human geography, leisure, tourism and economics. Risk is a new publication within this series and a suitable apt title for the times we live in. Examining potential hazards, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and oil spills, the collection looks to uncover how we may better understand Risk Analysis.
The social sciences is a large area of study that is growing in interest and research output. Collections in this series look to collate the best of the available scholarship and are edited and introduced by leading academics in the field.