Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life: Ethnographic Approaches

Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life: Ethnographic Approaches

by Phillip Vannini
     
 

Focusing on the technoculture of everyday life, this book attempts to zero in on the simplicity and the habitual character of the interaction between humans and material objects, which is often assumed or taken for granted. Because objects are always meaningful in the pragmatic use to which they are directed, the material world of everyday life can be seen as a

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Overview

Focusing on the technoculture of everyday life, this book attempts to zero in on the simplicity and the habitual character of the interaction between humans and material objects, which is often assumed or taken for granted. Because objects are always meaningful in the pragmatic use to which they are directed, the material world of everyday life can be seen as a technoculture of its own - one made of behaviors as simple, and yet as significant, as using a lawnmower, or decorating one’s body. In discussing the unique methodological components of the ethnography of the technoculture of everyday life, this book begins a dialogue on how we can examine - from the participants’ perspective - the interconnections between social agents, their technological/material practices, their material objects or technics, and their social and material environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433103018
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Series:
Intersections in Communications and Culture: Global Approaches and Transdisciplinary Perspectives Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

The Editor: Phillip Vannini is Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in communication and a Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Co-author of Understanding Society Through Popular Music (2009), and co-editor of Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interactionism and the Sociology of the Body (2006) and Authenticity in Culture, Self, and Society (2009), Vannini has published over forty journal articles and book chapters on such topics as qualitative research methodology, material culture, the sociology of the body, technology, popular culture, and interactionist theory.

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