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Goods, power, history : Latin America's material culture

Author: Arnold J Bauer
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, N.Y., USA : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: New approaches to the Americas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why do we acquire the things we do? Behind this apparently ingenuous question are several answers, some straightforward and others more interesting. To feed ourselves, might be the first response, for it is obvious that we expend much energy in the quest for food. Clothing and shelter would also seem to constitute our basic needs. Yet we can easily see that even in the Garden of Eden, people wanted more than they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold J Bauer
ISBN: 0521772087 9780521772082 052177702X 9780521777025
OCLC Number: 44841635
Description: xx, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Material Landscape of Pre-Columbian America --
3. Contact Goods --
4. Civilizing Goods --
5. Modernizing Goods: Material Culture at the Crest of the First Liberalism --
6. Developing Goods --
7. Global Goods: Liberalism Redux.
Series Title: New approaches to the Americas.
Responsibility: Arnold J. Bauer.
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"Why do we acquire the things we do? Behind this apparently ingenuous question are several answers, some straightforward and others more interesting. To feed ourselves, might be the first response, for it is obvious that we expend much energy in the quest for food. Clothing and shelter would also seem to constitute our basic needs. Yet we can easily see that even in the Garden of Eden, people wanted more than they needed. This simple impulse has created the ever mounting abundance we call progress and nearly all of the subsequent trouble on our planet." "Four main interwoven themes run through this exploration of material culture in Latin America over the past five centuries: supply and demand; the relationship between consumption and identity; the weight of ritual, both ancient and modern, in what we acquire; and the importance of colonial and postcolonial power in the practice of consumption."--Jacket.

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