The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies

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The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies introduces and reviews current thinking in the interdisciplinary field of material culture studies. Drawing together approaches from archaeology, anthropology, geography, and Science and Technology Studies, through twenty-eight specially commissioned essays by leading international researchers, the volume explores contemporary issues and debates in a series of themed sections--Disciplinary Perspectives, Material Practices, Objects and Humans, Landscapes and the Built Environment, and Studying Particular Things. From Coca-Cola, chimpanzees, artworks, and ceramics, to museums, cities, human bodies, and magical objects, the Handbook is an essential resource for anyone with an interest in materiality and the place of material objects in human social life, both past and present. A comprehensive bibliography enhances its usefulness as a research tool.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199218714
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 792
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Hicks is Lecturer and Curator in Archaeology at the School of Archaeology and the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University.

Mary C. Beaudry is Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Boston University.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Dan Hicks and Mary C. Beaudry
Part One: Disciplinary Perspectives
2. The Material-Cultural Turn, Dan Hicks
3. Material Geographies, Ian Cook and Divya Tolia-Kelly
4. Folklife, Robert St. George
5. Material Histories, Ann Stahl
6. The Materials of STS, John Law
Part Two: Material Practices
7. Material Culture and the Dance of Agency, Andrew Pickering
8. Consumption, Michael Dietler
9. Fieldwork and Collecting, Gavin Lucas
10. Gifts and Exchange, Hirokazu Miyazaki
11. Art as Action, Art as Evidence, Howard Morphy
12. Archaeological Assemblages and Practices of Deposition, Rosemary Joyce with Joshua Pollard
Part Three: Objects and Humans
13. Technology ande Material Life, Kacy L. Hollenback and Michael B. Schiffer
14. The Malice of Inanimate Objects: Material Agency, Andy Jones & Nicole Boivin
15. 'Personhood' and Identity, Chris Fowler
16. Materiality and Embodiment, Zoe Crossland
17. Material Culture in Primates, Tatyana Hulme
Part Four: Landscapes and the Built Environment
18. Cultural Landscapes, Lesley Head
19. Ecological Landscapes, Sarah Whatmore and Steve Hinchliffe
20. Urban Materialities: Meaning, Magnitude, Friction, and Outcomes, Roland Fletcher
21. Architecture and Cultural History, Carl Lounsbury
22. Households and 'Home Cultures', Victor Buchli
Part Five: Studying Particular Things
23. Stone Tools, Rodney Harrison
24. The Landscape Garden as Material Culture: Lessons from France, Chandra Mukerji
25. Built Objects, Douglass W. Bailey and Lesley McFadyen
26. Ceramics (as Containers), Carl Knappett, Lambros Malafouris, and Peter Tomkins
27. Magical Things: On Fetishes, Commodities, and Computers, Peter J. Pels
Afterword: Fings Ain't Wot They Used t'Be: Thinking Through Material Thinking as Placing and Arrangement, Nigel Thrift

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