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Clarity, cut, and culture : the many meanings of diamonds

Author: Susan Falls
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Images of diamonds appear everywhere in American culture. And everyone who has a diamond has a story to tell about it. Our stories about diamonds not only reveal what we do with these tiny stones, but also suggest how we create value, meaning, and identity through our interactions with material culture in general. Things become meaningful through our interactions with them, but how do people go about making meaning?  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Falls
ISBN: 9781479810666 1479810665 9781479879908 1479879908
OCLC Number: 900411153
Description: xix, 217 s. : illustrations
Contents: From rock to gem --
Valuing diamonds --
A diamond is forever --
Diamonds and emotions --
Diamonds and bling --
Diamonds and performance
Responsibility: Susan Falls

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Things become meaningful through our interactions with them, but how do people go about making meaning? What can we learn from an ethnography about the production of identity, creation of kinship,  Read more...

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"A prime and important message is how this highly symbolic rock can stand for, contain, and reference diverse, sometimes conflicting, messages. Falls devotes chapters to the history and manufacture Read more...

 
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