The Material Cultures series will maintain a productive dialogue with developments in Marxist, as well as structuralist, post-structuralist adn phenomenological thought, through focusing on the specificity of the material world and its particular forms and contents. Yet we recognize that it is the very materiality of that world which often presents a challenge to theory and promotes a critical approach to analysis.
Many of the disciplines which have a particular concern with material culture, such as museolgoy and consumption studies, have tended to feel that their own developments in tehory and analysis have been neglected over previous decades. They have become, relatively speaking, backwaters of the social sciences. This series is launched at a tiem when there are signs that this about to be radically changed. There are new advances in cultural theory which are not merley fetishistic adn do not posit the object as distinct from social and cultural context. Advances in post-structuralism which have challenged the notion of the subject mean that we are now free to conceive of a nwe approach to material culture, which does not priviliege of reify either objects or persons.
In planning and co-ordinating the series we wish to demonstrate, above all the current intellectual excitement and potential for working within this field. Creating meaning from the material fragments of the past and the present now provides an arena for addressing some of teh fundamental theoretical and philosphical issues of our time. THE GENERAL EDITORS
Daniel Miller is Reader in Anthropology at University College London. He has published widely on modern material culture and carried out field work in the Solomon Islands, India and Trinidad.
Michael Rowlands is Reader in Anthropology and head of the material culture section at UCL. He has written widely on theoretical aspects of archaeology and anthropology, carried out extensive fieldwork in West Africa and Lectured in the Unived States and Europe.
Christopher Tilley is lecturer in Archaeology at Saint David's University College, Wales. He has written much on the relatonship between social theory and archaeological practice, carried out fieldwork in Britain and Sweden and lectured in Scandinavia, Spain and the United States. anthropology at St
Theory and Practice in Archaeology
The Swastika Constructing the Symbol
By Ian Hodder
June 30, 1995
In this latest collection of his articles, of which seven are written especially for this volume, Ian Hodder captures and continues the lively controversy of the 1980s over symbolic and structural approaches to archaeology. The book acts as an overview of the developments in the discipline over the...
By James G. Carrier
May 06, 2016
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By Daniel Miller
July 25, 1995
A multi-disciplinary overview providing new theories, critical analyses and the latest reasearch on this very fashionable topic. Includes chapters on consumption studies in anthropology, economics, history, sociology and many more areas....
By Michael Parker Pearson, Colin Richards
May 14, 1997
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By Malcolm Quinn
October 12, 2015
Despite the enormous amount of material on the subject of Nazism, there has been no substantial work on its emblem, the swastika. This original and controversial contribution examines the role that the swastika played in the construction of the Aryan myth in the nineteenth century, and its use in ...
By Kristian Kristiansen, Michael Rowlands
August 12, 2014
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By Pierre Lemonnier
November 15, 2002
Technological Choices applies the critical tools of archaeology to the subject of technology and its impact on humankind throughout the ages. An examination of the challenges technological innovations present to various cultures, Technological Choices asserts that in any society, such choices are ...
By Michael Shanks
November 08, 2011
In Experiencing the Past Michael Shanks presents an animated exploration of the character of archaeology and reclaims the sentiment and feeling which are so often lost in purely academic approaches....
By Christina Toren
September 22, 1999
How do we become who we are? How is it that people are so similar in the ways they differ from one another, and so different in the ways they are the same?Christina Toren's theory of mind as not only a physical phenomenon, but an historical one, sets out to answer these questions by examining how ...
By Julian Thomas
December 17, 1998
Time, Culture and Identity questions the modern western distinctions between: * nature and culture * mind and body * object and subject. Drawing on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Julian Thomas develops a way of writing about the past in which time is seen as central to the emergence of the ...