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Materiality by Daniel Miller
Book DescriptionThroughout history and across social and cultural contexts, most systems of belief-whether religious or secular-have ascribed wisdom to those who see reality as that which transcends the merely material. Yet, as the studies collected here show, the immaterial is not easily separated from the material. Humans are defined, to an extraordinary degree, by their expressions of immaterial ideals through material forms. The essays in Materiality explore varied manifestations of materiality from ancient times to the present. In assessing the fundamental role of materiality in shaping humanity, they signal the need to decenter the social within social anthropology in order to make room for the material. Considering topics as diverse as theology, technology, finance, and art, the contributors-most of whom are anthropologists-examine the many different ways in which materiality has been understood and the consequences of these differences. Their case studies show that the latest forms of financial trading instruments can be compared with the oldest ideals of ancient Egypt, that the promise of software can be compared with an age-old desire for an unmediated relationship to divinity. Whether focusing on the theology of Islamic banking, Australian Aboriginal art, derivatives trading in Japan, or textiles that respond directly to their environment, each essay adds depth and nuance to the project that Materiality advances: a profound acknowledgment and rethinking of one of the basic properties of being human. Contributors. Matthew Engelke, Webb Keane, Susanne Kuchler, Bill Maurer, Lynn Meskell, Daniel Miller, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Fred Myers, Christopher Pinney, Michael Rowlands, Nigel Thrift
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780822335429
(5753mm x 3971mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Digital Anthropology, Paperback (October 2012)
This book brings together key anthropologists of digital culture to explore what it is to be human in the digital world. Using a range of case studies from Google Earth, to Second Life, to Facebook this is essential reading for students of anthropology, media studies, cultural studies and sociology.
Consumption and Its Consequences, Paperback (June 2012)
* A new book by one of the world s leading anthropologists and a leading figure in the study of material culture. * Brings together Miller s key writings on consumption, consumer capitalism and related topics. * The sequel to Miller s highly successful Stuff.
Blue Jeans, Paperback (February 2012)» View all books by Daniel Miller
Focuses on an everyday item - blue jeans - to learn what one simple article of clothing can tell us about our individual and social lives and challenging, by extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of the normative.
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Author Biography - Daniel Miller
Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology at University College London. He is the author of many books, including The Sari (with Mukulika Banerjee); Capitalism: An Ethnographic Approach; A Theory of Shopping; and The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach (with Don Slater). He is the editor, most recently, of Home Possessions: Material Culture behind Closed Doors and Car Cultures.
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