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Author LinkMiller, Daniel,1954-
Title LinkStuff / Daniel Miller.
Imprint Cambridge : Polity Press, 2010.
Description viii, 169 p. ;  23 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [157]-164) and index.
Contents Contents: Prologue: my life as an extremist -- Why clothing is not superficial -- Theories of things -- Houses: accommodating theory -- Media: immaterial culture and applied anthropology -- Matter of life and death.
Summary "Things make us 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 book opens with a critique of the concept of superficiality as applied to clothing. It presents the theories that are required to understand the way we are created by material as well as social relations. It takes us inside the very private worlds of our home possessions and our processes of accommodating. It considers issues of materiality in relation to the media, as well as the implications of such an approach in relation, for example, to poverty. Finally, the book considers objects which we use to define what it is to be alive and how we use objects to cope with death." "Based on more than thirty years of research in the Caribbean, India, London and elsewhere, Stuff is nothing less than a manifesto for the study of material culture and a new way of looking at the objects that surround us and make up so much of our social and personal life."--p. [4] of cover.
Subject LinkMaterial culture -- Social aspects.
LinkClothing and dress -- Social aspects.

System Number 000662465
ISBN Link9780745644240 (pbk)
Link0745644244 (pbk)

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