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Author: Daniel Miller
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press, 2010.
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"Things make us as much as we make things. And yet, unlike the study of languages or places, there is no discipline devoted to the study of material things. This book shows why it is time to acknowledge and confront this neglect and how much we can learn from focusing our attention on stuff." "The book opens with a critique of the concept of superficiality as applied to clothing. It presents the theories that are  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Miller
ISBN: 9780745644240 0745644244 9780745644233 0745644236 0745673686 9780745673684
OCLC Number: 495062006
Description: viii, 169 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: my life as an extremist --
Why clothing is not superficial --
Theories of things --
Houses: accommodating theory --
Media: immaterial culture and applied anthropology --
Matter of life and death.
Responsibility: Daniel Miller.
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Daniel Miller is one of the leading anthropologists in Britain today and is well known for his work on material culture This new book is a manifesto for the study of material culture.  Read more...

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