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Material Identities examines the way that individuals use material objects as tools for projecting aspects of their identities.

  • Considers the way identity is fashioned, launched, used, and admired in the material world.
  • Contributors intervene from the disciplines of art history, anthropology, design and material culture.
  • Considers contrasting media - painting, print, sculpture, dress, coinage, architecture, furniture, luxury items, and interior design.
  • Explores the complexity of identity through the intersection notions of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, and class.
  • Reaffirms the central role of public identities and their impact on social life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405132343
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/20/2007
  • Series: New Interventions in Art History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Sofaer is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. She is the author of The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology (2006), editor of Children and Material Culture (2000) and co-editor, with Dana Arnold, of Biographies and Space (2007).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface     vii
List of Illustrations     viii
Notes on Contributors     x
Acknowledgments     xii
Introduction: Materiality and Identity   Joanna Sofaer     1
Projecting Identities     11
Mai/Omai in London and the South Pacific: Performativity, Cultural Entanglement, and Indigenous Appropriation   Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones     13
Projecting Identities in the Greek Symposion   Robin Osborne     31
Material and Social Transformations     53
Bernini Struts   Michael Cole     55
Architectural Style and Identity in Egypt   Doris Behrens-Abouseif     67
Identifying the Body: Representing Self. Art, Ornamentation and the Body in Later Prehistoric Europe   Fay Stevens     82
Politics and Identity     99
Aristocratic Identity: Regency Furniture and the Egyptian Revival Style   Abigail Harrison-Moore     101
Architecture, Power, and Politics: The Forum-Basilica in Roman Britain   Louise Revell     127
Bibliography     152
Index     163
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