The Empire of Things: Regimes of Value and Material Culture

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This text explores ways in which art objects are used to construct identity and cultural difference, and explains how people actually use things - items that are at once concrete and symbolic. North America: School for Advanced Research Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930618060
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Advanced Seminar Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,060,946
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Introduction: The Empire of Things 3
2 Money Is No Object: Materiality, Desire, and Modernity in an Indonesian Society 65
3 Alienable Gifts and Inalienable Commodities 91
4 Elusive Property: The Personification of Mexican National Sovereignty 119
5 Appropriation/Appreciation: Settler Modernism in Australia and New Zealand 139
6 The Wizards of Oz: Nation, State, and the Production of Aboriginal Fine Art 165
7 Rights of Passage: On the Liminal Identity of Art in the Border Zone 207
8 The Object of Translation: Notes on "Art" and Autonomy in a Postcolonial Context 233
9 Reflections 257
10 Art and Material Culture: A Conversation with Annette Weiner 269
References 315
Index 341
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