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Textile Economies: Power and Value from the Local to the Transnational
     

Textile Economies: Power and Value from the Local to the Transnational

by Walter E. Little
 

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Textiles have been a highly valued and central part of the politics of human societies across culture divides and over millennia. The economy of textiles provides insight into the fabric of social relations, local and global politics, and diverse ideologies. Textiles are a material element of society that fosters the study of continuities and disjunctions in the

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Textiles have been a highly valued and central part of the politics of human societies across culture divides and over millennia. The economy of textiles provides insight into the fabric of social relations, local and global politics, and diverse ideologies. Textiles are a material element of society that fosters the study of continuities and disjunctions in the economic and social realities of past and present societies. From stick-loom weaving to transnational factories, the production of cloth and its transformation into clothing and other woven goods offers a way to study the linkages between economics and politics. The volume is oriented around a number of themes: textile production, textiles as trade goods, textiles as symbols, textiles in tourism, and textiles in the transnational processes. Textile Economies appeals to a broad range of scholars interested in the intersection of material culture, political economy, and globalization, such as archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, economists, museum curators, and historians.

Editorial Reviews

Jane Schneider
Spanning every continent, and a temporal arc that begins in pre-history and takes us to the present, this edited collection demonstrates how much we can learn through textiles—among the most potent, meaningful, and desired of human creations. Privileging the artisanal domain of textile production, while at the same time acknowledging the significance of industrialism, the respective authors illuminate labor processes, societal inequality, global interactions, and the constitution of both spiritual and material value.
Carol Hendrickson
Textile Economies brings together a group of intelligently researched and argued articles that examine how different systems of value play into the lives of textiles and the people who create, market, and consume them. Relationships of power and strategies to negotiate these thread through richly detailed case studies that focus on the local but are ever mindful of the global flows and creative (re)imaginings in contemporary and historical contexts. A welcome contribution to the growing literature on the social life of textiles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759120631
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
10/16/2011
Series:
Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph Series
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
342
File size:
30 MB
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Meet the Author

Walter E. Little is associate professor of Anthropology at the University at Albany, SUNY, and director of the Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala. He is the author of Mayas in the Marketplace and co-author of Mayas in Postwar Guatemala.

Patricia A. McAnany is Kenan Eminent Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Ancestral Maya Economies in Archaeological Perspective and Living with the Ancestors: Kinship and Kingship in Ancient Maya Society.

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