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Understanding material culture

Author: Ian Woodward
Publisher: Los Angeles : Sage Publications, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why are iPods and mobile phones fashion accessories? Why do people spend thousands remodelling their perfectly functional kitchen? Offers an overview of the diverse ways of studying the material as culture.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Woodward, Ian.
Understanding material culture.
Los Angeles : Sage Publications, 2007
(DLC) 2006935416
(OCoLC)82671933
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Woodward
ISBN: 1848607261 9781848607262
OCLC Number: 671655018
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 191 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: PART 1: Locating material culture. The material as culture. Definitions, perspectives, approaches --
Studying material culture. Origins and premises --
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PART 2: Theoretical approaches to studying material culture. The deceptive, suspicious object. Marxist and critical approaches --
The object as symbolic code. Structural and semiotic approaches --
The material representing the cultural universe. Objects, symbols and cultural categories --
--
PART 3: Objects in action. Objects and distinction. The aesthetic field and expressive materiality --
Material culture and identity. Objects and the self --
Material culture, narratives and social performance. Objects in contexts --
PART 4: Conclusion. Objects and meaning in consumer culture.
Responsibility: Ian Woodward.

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