Beads and Beadmakers
Gender, Material Culture and Meaning
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Beads and Beadmakers by Joanne Bubolz Eicher
Book DescriptionBeads have been used since antiquity, not only to dress the body, but as measures of value in economic and ritual exchanges. Their popularity has never waned, and in recent years their trade has enjoyed a world-wide revival. Beads have deep and multiple meanings: in many cultures, together with garments, they reflect age, gender and social status, and are a vehicle through which people store, exchange and transmit wealth.This absorbing book analyzes techniques and gendered aspects of the making of beads, as well as their role in trade and body adornment, in a wide range of societies, from the ancient Mediterranean to Renaissance Venice and present-day Southern Africa and West Africa, where they have become a symbol of cultural survival and identity. Anyone interested in material culture, anthropology, art history, and gender studies will find that this book provides fascinating insights into attitudes toward the body and its dress as well as systems of social classification.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859739952
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-May-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joanne Bubolz Eicher
Visible Self, Paperback (October 2008)
Everywhere around the world, people make daily decisions about what to wear or how to dress. This title presents a systematic approach to analyzing these daily rituals that we all share - not simply the act of putting on clothing, but also cleansing the body and adorning it.
Beads and Beadmakers, Hardback (May 1998)
This work analyzes techniques and gendered aspects of the making of beads, as well as their role in trade and body adornment, in a wide range of societies where they have become a symbol of cultural survival and identity.
Dress and Ethnicity, Paperback (November 1995)
From African-American women's headwraps to beauty pageants in Swaziland, this absorbing book explores ethnicity through the frequently noticed but less often analyzed human phenomenon of dress. The authors present case studies from around the world to illustrate their different theoretical frameworks and assumptions.
Dress and Gender, Paperback (April 1993)» View all books by Joanne Bubolz Eicher
Dress is one of the most significant markers of gender identity, yet is only rarely explored in depth. This volume addresses the relationship between gender and dress, opening up aspects by covering a variety of ethnographic areas reaching from Asia, Europe and Africa to North and South America.
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Author Biography - Joanne Bubolz Eicher
Lidia D. Sciama The Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women,University of Oxford Joanne B. Eicher Regents' Professor, Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, University of Minnesota
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