Understanding material culture / Ian Woodward.
By: Woodward, Ian.Material type: TextPublisher: Los Angeles : Sage Publications, 2007Description: vii, 191 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780761942252 (hbk.); 0761942254 (hbk.); 0761942262 (pbk.); 9780761942269 (pbk.).Subject(s): Material cultureDDC classification: 306.46 Online resources: Publisher description | Table of contents only | WorldCat details | E-book Fulltext
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -184) and index.
Table of contents PART 1: Locating material culture. The material as culture. Definitions, perspectives, approaches --
Studying material culture. Origins and premises --
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.
Why are i-pods and mobile phones fashion accessories? Why do people spend thousands remodelling their perfectly functional kitchen? Why do people crave shoes or handbags? Is our desire for objects unhealthy, or irrational? This book offers a systematic overview of the diverse ways of studying the material as culture.