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Materializing Culture


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This provocative series focuses on the social relations involved in material practices. The study of material culture has stimulated a new body of research which brings together areas as diverse as the artwork of record sleeves, shopping, bitter conflicts over ancient monuments, digital fonts, craft skills and the political economy of consumption. This series demonstrates the innovative and critical edge that a material culture perspective may bring to bear upon a wide range of academic concerns.

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The Orient Strikes Back A Global View of Cultural Display

The Orient Strikes Back A Global View of Cultural Display

1st Edition

Joy Hendry
October 01, 2000

At the turn of the 20th Century, Japanese ‘villages' and their exotic occupants delighted and mystified visitors to the Great Exhibitions and Worlds' Fairs . At the beginning of the 21st Century, Japanese tourists have reversed the gaze and now may visit a range of European ‘countries', as well as ...

Materializing Thailand

Materializing Thailand

1st Edition

Penny Van Esterik
March 01, 2000

Thailand has become well known throughout the world for wonderful cuisine, great package holidays, sumptuous temples and textiles. Noticeably absent from glossy tourist brochures but equally well known throughout the Western world is Thailand's seedier side - the world of child exploitation, ...

Car Cultures

Car Cultures

1st Edition

Daniel Miller
March 01, 2001

Anyone who assumes that a car is simply a means to get from point A to point B, or who even thinks that they know what a car is, should read this book. Profoundly shaped by culture, the car gives rise to a wide range of emotions, from guilt about the environment in the UK to aboriginal concerns ...

Death, Memory and Material Culture

Death, Memory and Material Culture

1st Edition

Elizabeth Hallam, Jenny Hockey
December 01, 2001

- How do the living maintain ongoing relationships with the dead in Western societies? - How have the residual belongings of the dead been used to evoke memories? - Why has the body and its material environment remained so important in memory-making? Objects, images, practices, and places remind us...

Material Culture and Authenticity Fake Branded Fashion in Europe

Material Culture and Authenticity Fake Branded Fashion in Europe

1st Edition

Magdalena Craciun
November 07, 2013

The study of material culture demonstrates that objects make people just as much as people make, exchange and consume objects. But what if these objects are, in the eyes of others, only fakes? What kind of material mirror are people looking into? Are their real selves really reflected in this ...

Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum

1st Edition

Sharon Macdonald
March 01, 2002

What goes on behind closed doors at museums? How are decisions about exhibitions made and who, or what, really makes them? Why are certain objects and styles of display chosen whilst others are rejected, and what factors influence how museum exhibitions are produced and experienced? This book ...

Anthropology and the Individual A Material Culture Perspective

Anthropology and the Individual A Material Culture Perspective

1st Edition

Daniel Miller
October 01, 2009

Anthropology is usually associated with the study of society, but the anthropologist must also understand people as individuals. This highly original study demonstrates how methods of social analysis can be applied to the individual, while remaining entirely distinct from psychology and other ...

At Home with Computers

At Home with Computers

1st Edition

Elaine Lally
July 01, 2002

New technologies are profoundly reshaping the world around us. Home computers - unheard of two decades ago - now play an intimate role as personal possessions in many people's lives. For some, computer games may be vital to winding-down after a busy day, while for others the home computer ...

The Japanese House Material Culture in the Modern Home

The Japanese House Material Culture in the Modern Home

1st Edition

Inge Daniels
September 01, 2010

In the West the Japanese house has reached iconic status in its architecture, decoration and style. Is this neat, carefully constructed version of Japanese life in fact a myth? Inge Daniels goes behind the doors of real Japanese homes to find out how highly private domestic lives are lived in Japan...

Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt Material Biographies Past and Present

Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt Material Biographies Past and Present

1st Edition

Lynn Meskell
April 01, 2004

Egypt looms large in the Western imagination. Whether it is our attraction to pharaonic art, the pyramids or practices of mummification, Egypts unique understanding of materiality speaks to us across space and time. Is it because the ancient Egyptians fetishized material objects that we find their ...

Malanggan Art, Memory and Sacrifice

Malanggan Art, Memory and Sacrifice

1st Edition

Susanne Küchler
November 01, 2002

Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folkore Award 2003 Malanggan are among the most treasured possessions in the Pacific, yet they continue to confound anthropologists. Central to funerals in New Ireland, these ‘death' figures are intended to decompose as symbolic representations of the dead. ...

The Acropolis Global Fame, Local Claim

The Acropolis Global Fame, Local Claim

1st Edition

Eleana Yalouri
November 01, 2001

The Acropolis in Athens has captured the imaginations of readers, writers and travellers for centuries and every year draws crowds from all over the world. One of the world's most famous heritage sites, it has long been a national monument of Greece and a potent symbol of western civilization. But ...

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