An Archaeology of the Immaterial

An Archaeology of the Immaterial

by Victor Buchli


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An Archaeology of the Immaterial examines a highly significant but poorly understood aspect of material culture studies namely the active rejection of the material world. By this is meant a number of cultural projects, from anti-consumerism, asceticism, and other attempts to transcend material circumstances. This book looks at the way people ‘disengage’ from the material world as a specific kind of physical engagement that has profound implications for our understanding of personhood and materiality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415840507
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/16/2015
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Victor Buchli is Professor of Material Culture in the Department of Anthropology, University College London.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Chapter 2: Immateriality and the Ascetic Object in late Antiquity 3: The Christian Ascetic Object and the Reformation 4. The Reformation 5. The Twentieth Century

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