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- DescriptionMaterial Worlds examines consumption from an archaeological perspective, broadly exploring the intersection of social relations and objects through the processes of production, distribution, use, reuse, and discard. Interrogating individual objects as well as considering the contexts in which acts of consumption take place, a range of case studies present the intertwined issues of power, inequality, identity, and community as mediated through choice, access, and use of the diversity of mass-produced goods. Key themes of this invative volume include the relationship between colonial, political and ecomic structures and the practices of consumption, the use of consumer goods in the construction and negotiation of identity, and the dialectic between strategies of consumption and individual or community choices. Situating studies of consumerism within the field of historical archaeology, this exciting collection reflects on the interrelationship between the material and ideological aspects of culture. With a focus on North America from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries, Material Worlds is an important examination of consumption which will appeal to scholars with interests in colonialism, gender and race, as well as those engaged with the material culture of the emergent modern world.
- Author BiographyBarbara J. Heath is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA Eleanor E. Breen is a professional archaeologist for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Lori A. Lee is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Flagler College, USA.
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication02/03/2017
- Series TitleRoutledge Studies in Archaeology
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note48 black & white illustrations, 12 black & white tables
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Edited byBarbara J. Heath,Eleanor E. Breen,Lori A. Lee
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