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You are currently browsing 1–10 of 34 new and published books in the subject of Material Culture — sorted by publish date from newer books to older books.

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New and Published Books

  1. Fashion Theory

    An Introduction

    By Malcolm Barnard

    Fashion is both big business and big news. From models’ eating disorders and sweated labour to the glamour of a new season's trends, statements and arguments about fashion and the fashion industry can be found in every newspaper, consumer website and fashion blog. Books which define, analyse and...

    Published March 24th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Ways of Sensing

    Understanding the Senses In Society

    By David Howes, Constance Classen

    Ways of Sensing is a stimulating exploration of the cultural, historical and political dimensions of the world of the senses. The book spans a wide range of settings and makes comparisons between different cultures and epochs, revealing the power and diversity of sensory expressions across time and...

    Published October 30th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Making

    Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture

    By Tim Ingold

    Making creates knowledge, builds environments and transforms lives. Anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture are all ways of making, and all are dedicated to exploring the conditions and potentials of human life. In this exciting book, Tim Ingold ties the four disciplines together in a way...

    Published March 20th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Japanese Women, Class and the Tea Ceremony

    The voices of tea practitioners in northern Japan

    By Kaeko Chiba

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    This book examines the complex relationship between class and gender dynamics among tea ceremony (chado) practitioners in Japan. Focusing on practitioners in a provincial city, Akita, the book surveys the rigid, hierarchical chado system at grass roots level. Making critical use of Bourdieu’s idea...

    Published January 28th 2013 by Routledge

  5. The Routledge Companion to Identity and Consumption

    Edited by Ayalla A. Ruvio, Russell W. Belk

    Series: Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

    "Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are," said Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Today, "You are what you consume" is more apt. Barbara Krueger’s ironic twist of Descartes - "I shop therefore I am" - has lost its irony. Such phrases have become commonplace descriptions of our identity in the...

    Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge

  6. A Philosophy of Material Culture

    Action, Function, and Mind

    By Beth Preston

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

    This book focuses on material culture as a subject of philosophical inquiry and promotes the philosophical study of material culture by articulating some of the central and difficult issues raised by this topic and providing innovative solutions to them, most notably an account of improvised action...

    Published December 13th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Milk, Modernity and the Making of the Human

    Purifying the Social

    By Richie Nimmo

    Series: CRESC

    This book undertakes a critique of the pervasive notion that human beings are separate from and elevated above the nonhuman world and explores its role in the constitution of modernity. The book presents a socio-material analysis of the British milk industry in the late nineteenth and early...

    Published November 12th 2012 by Routledge

  8. How Institutions Think (Routledge Revivals)

    By Mary Douglas

    First published in 1986 Mary Douglas’ theory of institutions uses the sociological theories of Emile Durkheim and Ludwig Fleck to determine not only how institutions think, but also the extent to which thinking itself is dependent upon institutions. Different kinds of institutions allow individuals...

    Published July 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  9. Cultural Hybridity

    Contradictions and Dilemmas

    Edited by Kwok-Bun Chan

    This book brings together a group of scholars from diverse disciplines to interrogate everyday life events in various interpersonal and organizational contexts so as to answer an age-old question: what happens when (carriers of) cultures meet, or, when East meets West? The contributors to this...

    Published June 13th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Museums in Postcolonial Europe

    Edited by Dominic Thomas

    The history of European nation-building and identity formation is inextricably connected with museums, and the role they play in displaying the acquired spoils and glorious symbols of geopolitical power in order to mobilize public support for expansionist ventures. This book examines the...

    Published May 29th 2012 by Routledge