Material Cultural Reader

Overview

Archaeologists and anthropologists regularly transform collections of objects into systems of 'material culture'. Since the origins of material culture studies in the nineteenth century, the preoccupation with materiality has passed through phases of innovation, stability, disillusionment, antipathy, and revival. This reader is a compilation of some of the recent work of the Material Culture Group at University College London, and as such provides the opportunity to examine recent developments in material culture...
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Overview

Archaeologists and anthropologists regularly transform collections of objects into systems of 'material culture'. Since the origins of material culture studies in the nineteenth century, the preoccupation with materiality has passed through phases of innovation, stability, disillusionment, antipathy, and revival. This reader is a compilation of some of the recent work of the Material Culture Group at University College London, and as such provides the opportunity to examine recent developments in material culture studies in Britain through the lens of a particular group of scholars. Subjects range from the material metaphor of canoes in Vanuatu to the relationship between domestic architecture and socialist discourse in the Soviet context, and the consumption of Coca-Cola in Trinidad. Each contribution is preceded by an short discussion by the author, placing the work within the context of broader themes. Contributors: Christopher Tilley, Susanne Kuechler, Christopher Pinney, Michael Rowlands, Barbara Bender, Nicholas J Saunders, Victor Buchli, and Daniel Miller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859735596
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor Buchli is a Lecturer, in Department of Anthropology, at the University College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--Victor Buchli
• Metaphor, Materiality and Interpretation--Chris Tilley
• 'The Metaphorical Transformations of Wala Canoes'
• The Anthropology of Art--Susanne Kchler
• 'Binding in the Pacific: Between Loops and Knots'
• Visual Culture--Chris Pinney
• 'Photographic portraiture in Central India in the 1980s and 1990s'
• Heritage and Cultural Property--Mike Rowlands
• 'The Power of Origins: Questions of Cultural Rights'
• Landscape and Politics, Barbara Bender
• 'Contested Landscapes: Medieval to Present Day'
• Memory and Conflict--Nicholas Saunders
• 'Bodies of Metal, Shells of Memory: "Trench" Art and the Great War Re-cycled'
• Architecture and the Domestic Sphere--Victor Buchli
• 'Khrushchev, Modernism and the Fight against Petit-bourgeois Consciousness in the Soviet Home'
• Consumption--Danny Miller
• 'Coca-Cola: a black sweet drink from Trinidad'

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