Material Cultures, Material Minds
The Impact of Things on Human Thought, Society, and Evolution
By (author) Nicole Boivin
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Material Cultures, Material Minds by Nicole Boivin
Book DescriptionRecent symbolic and social analyses have drawn much attention to the role of material culture in human society, emphasising the representational and ideological aspects of the material world. These studies have, nonetheless, often overlooked how the very physicality of material culture and our material surroundings make them unique and distinctive from text and discourse. In this book, Boivin explores how the physicality of the material world shapes our thoughts, emotions, cosmological frameworks, social relations and even our bodies. Focusing on the agency of material culture, she draws on the work of a diverse range of thinkers, from Marx and Merleau-Ponty to Darwin, while highlighting a wide selection of studies in archaeology, cultural anthropology, history, cognitive science and evolutionary biology. She asks what is distinctive about material culture compared to other aspects of human culture and presents a comprehensive overview of material agency that has much to offer to both scholars and students.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521873970
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Nicole Boivin
Nicole Boivin is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology and Jesus College, University of Oxford.
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