Anthropology: Material Culture

  • New York, Art and Cultural Capital of the Gilded Age book cover

    New York, Art and Cultural Capital of the Gilded Age

    Edited by Margaret R. Laster, Chelsea Bruner

    Fueled by a flourishing capitalist economy, undergirded by advancements in architectural design and urban infrastructure, and patronized by growing bourgeois and elite classes, New York’s built environment was dramatically transformed in the 1870s and 1880s. This book argues that this constituted…

    Hardback – 2018-08-07 
    Routledge Research in Art History

  • Rural Livelihoods and Gendered Resistance in Botswana: Patterns and Production in Women's Basketry Co-operatives book cover

    Rural Livelihoods and Gendered Resistance in Botswana

    Patterns and Production in Women's Basketry Co-operatives

    By Rebecca L Upton

    As globalization has shifted the market in tourism--‐dependent Botswana, women who are responsible for the production of baskets have entered a new and expanded market economy where locally made baskets carry Tswana symbols and meanings into international contexts and construct and contest the idea…

    Hardback – 2018-08-01 

  • Subverting Consumerism: Reuse in an Accelerated World book cover

    Subverting Consumerism

    Reuse in an Accelerated World

    Edited by Robert Crocker, Keri Chiveralls

    There is now a widespread interest in reuse in many domains, from opera houses built over old warehouses, to vintage clothes and everyday goods incorporating repurposed materials or parts. Despite its ubiquity, this extensive creative work is typically seen in narrowly environmental terms, as a…

    Hardback – 2018-07-20 

  • 3D Modelling: Bodies and Buildings in Anthropology, Anatomy and Architecture book cover

    3D Modelling

    Bodies and Buildings in Anthropology, Anatomy and Architecture

    By Elizabeth Hallam

    With growing popular and academic interest in the development and importance of three-dimensional modelling and technologies across a range of practices, this book advances analyses of three-dimensional models from perspectives in anthropology, anatomy, architecture and history, examining the ways…

    Hardback – 2018-07-01 
    Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception

  • The Materiality of Mourning: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives book cover

    The Materiality of Mourning

    Cross-disciplinary Perspectives

    Edited by Zahra Newby, Ruth Toulson

    Tangible remains play an important role in our relationships with the dead; they are pivotal to how we remember, mourn and grieve. Historians of funerary monuments have often been reluctant to theorize about grief, preferring the cold certainties of social structure and elite self-representation to…

    Hardback – 2018-07-01 

  • Consumer Culture and Society: A Critical Introduction book cover

    Consumer Culture and Society

    A Critical Introduction

    By Mark Davis

    This book is arguably the definitive guide to understanding consumerism as a way of life in the twenty-first century. In his original and accessible introduction to the field, Mark Davis takes the reader on a tour of major theories of consumerism to show how they each offer enlightenment in our…

    Paperback – 2018-06-30 

  • Alimentary Performances: Mimesis, Theatricality and Cuisine book cover

    Alimentary Performances

    Mimesis, Theatricality and Cuisine

    By Kristin Hunt

    A pea soda. An apple balloon. A cotton candy picnic. A magical mole. These are just a handful of examples of mimetic cuisine, a diverse set of culinary practices in which chefs and artists treat food as a means of representation. As theatricalised fine dining and the use of food in theatrical…

    Paperback – 2018-06-22 

  • Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age book cover

    Love Letters

    Saving Romance in the Digital Age

    By Michelle Janning

    In today’s world of Tinder and texting, do we write and save love letters anymore? Are we more likely to save a screen shot of a text exchange or a box of paper letters from a lover? How might these different ways to store a love letter make us feel? Sociologist Michelle Janning’s Love Letters:…

    Paperback – 2018-06-20 
    Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

  • Orthodox Christian Material Culture: Of People and Things in the Making of Heaven book cover

    Orthodox Christian Material Culture

    Of People and Things in the Making of Heaven

    By Timothy Carroll

    Although much has been written on the making of art objects as a means of engaging in creative productions of the self (most famously Alfred Gell’s work), there has been very little written on Orthodox Christianity and its use of material within religious self-formation. Eastern Orthodox…

    Hardback – 2018-05-28 
    Routledge Studies in Anthropology

  • The Persistence of Taste: Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu book cover

    The Persistence of Taste

    Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu

    Edited by Malcolm Quinn, Dave Beech, Michael Lehnert, Carol Tulloch, Stephen Wilson

    This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the social practice of taste, with reference to the legacy of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology of taste. For the first time, this book unites sociologists with artists and art educators, art historians, design historians, curators, art theorists and…

    Hardback – 2018-05-11 

  • The Archaeology of Art: Materials, Practices, Affects book cover

    The Archaeology of Art

    Materials, Practices, Affects

    By Andrew Cochrane, Andrew Meirion Jones

    How can archaeologists interpret ancient art and images if they do not treat them as symbols or signifiers of identity? Traditional approaches to the archaeology of art have borrowed from the history of art and the anthropology of art by focusing on iconography, meaning, communication and…

    Paperback – 2018-05-01 
    Themes in Archaeology Series

  • Anthropology and Design book cover

    Anthropology and Design

    By Adam Drazin

    Paperback – 2018-05-01 

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