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Understanding Material Culture

by Ian Woodward SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
05/2007
ISBN:
9780761942252
Format:
Hbk 200 pages
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'In his interdisciplinary review of material culture, Ian Woodward goes beyond synthesis to offer a theoretically innovative reconstruction of the field. Understanding Material Culture is filled with gems of conceptual insight and empirical discovery. A wonderful book' -

PART ONE: LOCATING MATERIAL CULTURE
The Material as Culture. Definitions, Perspectives, Approaches
Studying Material Culture. Origins and Premises
PART TWO: 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 THREE: 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 FOUR: CONCLUSION
Conclusion:
Objects and Meaning in Consumer Culture

This book deserves its niche, both as a textbook covering long standing debates and discussions, but also as an entry point to a particular perspective. It comes about as close as anything I have seen to a genuine standard textbook that tries to transcend particular disciplines.
Griffith University