The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities

13 December 2019 | By Richard L. Bushman | Filed in: material culture.

This lively and authoritative volume makes clear that the quest for taste and manners in America has been essential to the serious pursuit of a democratic culture Spanning the material world from mansions and silverware to etiquette books, city planning, and sentimental novels, Richard L Bushman

A New Nation of Goods: The Material Culture of Early America

13 December 2019 | By David Jaffee | Filed in: material culture.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, middle class Americans embraced a new culture of domestic consumption, one that centered on chairs and clocks as well as family portraits and books How did that new world of goods, represented by Victorian parlors filled with overstuffed furniture and


13 December 2019 | By Daniel Miller | Filed in: material culture.

Things make us just as much as we make things And yet, unlike the study of languages or places, there is no discipline devoted to the study of material things This book shows why it is time to acknowledge and confront this neglect and how much we can learn from focusing our attention on stuff.The

The Social Life of Things

13 December 2019 | By Arjun Appadurai | Filed in: material culture.

Contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings The work strives to reveal the underlying social and political mechanisms that regulate taste, trade and desire and to demonstrate the ways people attach value to objects.

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life

13 December 2019 | By James Deetz | Filed in: material culture.

History is recorded in many ways According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the

Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture

13 December 2019 | By Kenneth L. Ames | Filed in: material culture.

This study of the household goods of Victorian America reveals the character, conflicts and tensions within the Victorian world Considering specific furnishings and styles, it discusses the relationship of these objects to class and gender structure and to their place in Victorian ritual.

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England

13 December 2019 | By Amanda Vickery | Filed in: material culture.

In this brilliant new work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion,

Home Possessions: Material Culture Behind Closed Doors

13 December 2019 | By Daniel Miller | Filed in: material culture.

Although so much of the life we care about takes place at home, this private space often remains behind closed doors and is notoriously difficult for researchers to infiltrate We may think it is just up to us to decorate, transform and construct our homes, but in this book we discover a new form of

Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter

13 December 2019 | By Daniel Miller | Filed in: material culture.

The field of material culture, while historically well established, has recently enjoyed something of a renaissance Methods once dominated by Marxist and commodity oriented analyses and by the study of objects as symbols are giving way to a ethnographic approach to artifacts This orientation

Handbook of Material Culture

13 December 2019 | By Christopher Tilley | Filed in: material culture.

The Handbook of Material Culture provides a critical survey of the theories, concepts, intellectual debates, substantive domains, and traditions of study characterizing the analysis of things This cutting edge work examines the current state of material culture as well as how this field of study


13 December 2019 | By Daniel Miller | Filed in: material culture.

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

A History of the World in 100 Objects

13 December 2019 | By Neil MacGregor | Filed in: material culture.

Neil MacGregor s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, A History of the World in 100 Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving

The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London

13 December 2019 | By Hannah Greig | Filed in: material culture.

Caricatured for extravagance, vanity, glamorous celebrity and, all too often, embroiled in scandal and gossip, 18th century London s fashionable society had a well deserved reputation for frivolity But to be fashionable in 1700s London meant than simply being well dressed Fashion denoted

The White Road: Journey Into an Obsession

13 December 2019 | By Edmund de Waal | Filed in: material culture.

Extraordinary new non fiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with Amber Eyes In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong

A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

13 December 2019 | By Joseph M. Bagley | Filed in: material culture.

History is right under our feet we just need to dig a little to find it Though not the most popular construction project, Boston s Big Dig has contributed to our understanding and appreciation of the city s archaeological history than any other recent event Joseph M Bagley, city