Archaeologies of Materiality / Edition 1

Archaeologies of Materiality / Edition 1

by Lynn Meskell
     
 

Archaeologies of Materiality explores the philosophies that underpin materiality for specific cultural moments across time and space. Drawing on social theory, this volume provides a range of object orientations and is one of the first books to showcase substantive archaeological case studies devoted to the exploration of materiality. From prehistoric to

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Archaeologies of Materiality explores the philosophies that underpin materiality for specific cultural moments across time and space. Drawing on social theory, this volume provides a range of object orientations and is one of the first books to showcase substantive archaeological case studies devoted to the exploration of materiality. From prehistoric to contemporary contexts, this collection explores the idea of a material universe that is socially conceived and constructed, but that also shapes human experience in daily practice. Each case study demonstrates the saliency of materiality by linking it to concepts of landscape, technology, embodiment, ritual, and heritage. Archaeologies of Materiality will be of interest to students and scholars studying archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, and material culture studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405136174
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/19/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Acknowledgments.

Notes on Contributors.

1. Introduction: Object Orientations: Lynn Meskell.

2. Mastering Matters: Magical Sense and the Apotropaic Figure Worlds: Carolyn Nakamura.

3. The Social life of Rocks: Lindsay Weiss.

4. With a Hint of Paris in the Mouth: Fetishized Toothbrushes or the Sensuous Experience of Modernity in Late 19th-Century Bogotá: Felipe Gaitán.

5. Faith in Objects: American Indian Object Lessons at the World in Boston: Erin Hasinoff.

6. The Texture of Things: Objects, People, and Social Spaces in Argentine Prehistory: Marisa Lazzari.

7. Building an Architecture of Power: Electricity in Annapolis, Maryland: Matt Palus.

8. Materiality vs. the Volcano: The Hitherto Unthinkable Wildness of the Volcán Barú, Panamá: Karen Holmberg.

Afterword: Daniel Miller.

Index

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