What Objects Mean An Introduction to Material Culture

ISBN-10: 1598744119

ISBN-13: 9781598744118

Edition: 2009

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Left Coast Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Arthur Asa Berger is professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University.

Preface
Theoretical Approaches to Material Culture
Making Sense of Material Culture
Defining Material Culture
"The Blue Carbuncle" as a Model for the Study of Material Culture
On the Nature of Theory
Nietzsche and Perspectivism
The Rashomon Problem
A Freudian Psychoanalytic Approach
Artifacts and the Unconscious: Freud's Topographic Hypothesis
Id, Ego and Superego: Freud's Structural Hypothesis
Symbolic Aspects of Material Culture
Sexual Development and Material Culture
Conclusions
Semiotic Approaches to Material Culture
Saussure on Signs
Problems with Interpreting Signs
Peirce on Signs
On the Veracity of Signs
Denotation and Connotation
Conclusions
Sociological Analysis of Material Culture
Sociological Theory
Functionalism
Taste Cultures
Uses and Gratifications Provided by Artifacts
Race, Ethnicity and Gender
Status
Role
Conclusions
Economic Theory, Marxism, and Material Culture
Needs Versus Desires: Traveling Light and Arriving Heavy
Marxist Theory and Alienation
Class Conflict
The Role of Advertising
Thorstein Veblen and Conspicuous Consumption
Max Weber and Calvinist-Protestant Thought
Georg Simmel on Fashion
Walter Benjamin and the Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Authenticity and Postmodern Thought
Conclusions
Cultural Theory and Material Culture
Culture
Clotaire Rapaille and Culture Codes
Mary Douglas and Grid-Group Theory
Myth and Material Culture
Conclusions
Archaeological Theory and Material Culture
The Cultural History and Anthropological Archaeology Approaches
Processual Theory
Post-Processual Theory
Context
The Cha&ihat;ne Op�ratoire
Behavioral or Transformational Archaeology
Cognitive Archaeology
Conclusions
Applications
Authenticity Paintings of Prince Henry
Context Mirrors
Exchange Kula Objects
Style Blue Jeans
Technology Cell Phones
Globalization Coca-Cola
Gender Cosmetics
Identity Air Jordans
Transformation Books
Reality Digital Cameras
Religion Rangda Masks
Shape Milk Cartons
Representation The Tokyo Subway System
Material Culture Games
The Artifacts Inventory Game
The Time Capsule Game
Disciplinary Perspectives on Objects
The Grid-Group Theory and Objects Game
The Objects and Personal Identity Game
The Signifying Objects Game
Disciplinary Writing Exercise
The Analyzing Artifact Advertisements Game
The Id/Ego/Superego Objects Game
The Functions of Objects Game
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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