Humans are defined, to an extraordinary degree, by their expressions of immaterial ideals through material forms. The essays in Materiality explore varied manifestations of materiality from ancient times to the present.


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Language: en
Pages: 302
Authors: Daniel Miller
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-06-27 - Publisher: Duke University Press

Throughout history and across social and cultural contexts, most systems of belief—whether religious or secular—have ascribed wisdom to those who see reality as that which transcends the merely material. Yet, as the studies collected here show, the immaterial is not easily separated from the material. Humans are defined, to an
Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Paul Graves-Brown
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-11-12 - Publisher: Routledge

Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture offers a new approach to the study of contemporary objects, to give the reader a new understanding of the relationship between people and their material world. It asks how the very stuff of our world has shaped our societies by addressing a broad array of
Myth and Materiality in a Woman's World
Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: Lynn Abrams
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-12-02 - Publisher: Manchester University Press

For over the past two centuries Shetland, Scotland was a place where women dominated the family, economy, and the cultural imagination. Women constructed in their minds an identity of themselves as "liberated" long before organized feminism was invented. Reconstructing this "woman's world" from written and oral sources, this book will
Experiencing Materiality
Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: Valentina Gamberi
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-02-01 - Publisher: Berghahn Books

Representing a cutting-edge study of the junction between theoretical anthropology, material culture studies, religious studies and museum anthropology, this study examines the interaction between the human and the nonhuman in a museum setting usually defined as ‘non-Western’, ‘non-scientific’ and ‘religious.’ Combining an on-site analysis of exhibitive spaces with archival research
Materiality and Organizing
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Paul M. Leonardi, Bonnie A. Nardi, Jannis Kallinikos
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-11-22 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

Ask a person on the street whether new technologies bring about important social change and you are likely to hear a resounding "yes." But the answer is less definitive amongst academics who study technology and social practice. Scholarly writing has been heavily influenced by the ideology of technological determinism -