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Understanding Material Culture

by Ian Woodward SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

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. Material World