Material Culture and Mass Consumerism / Edition 1

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In recent years, social theory has played an increasingly important role in archaeology. In particular, archaeologists have shown a growing interest in meaning, structure, text, power and ideology. Social Archaeology is a series designed to explore these wider interests and the developing links between archaeology, anthropology, sociology and history. From a basis of detailed archaeological and ethnographic research, the authors will re-examine the relationships between past and present and between material culture and society, looking at, for example, the clothes we wear, the houses we build and the rubbish we deposit. The series will also apply perspectives and methods in archaeology that incorporate or have been influenced by developments in social theory and ethnography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631156055
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/12/1997
  • Series: Social Archaeology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part I Objectification 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Hegel and Objectification 19
3 Marx: Objectification as Rupture 34
4 Munn: Objectification as Culture 50
5 Simmel: Objectification as Modernity 68
Part II Material Culture 83
6 The Humility of Objects 85
7 Artefacts in their Contexts 109
Part III Mass Consumption 131
8 The Study of Consumption 133
9 Object Domains, Ideology and Interests 158
10 Towards a Theory of Consumption 178
References 219
Index 233
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