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Thinking Through Material Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

By: Carl Knappett

216 pages, 44 illus

University of Pennsylvania Press

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #188318 | ISBN: 0812237889
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NHBS Price: £32.50 $41/€38 approx

About this book

Material culture surrounds us and yet is habitually overlooked. So integral is it to our everyday lives that we take it for granted. This attitude has also afflicted the academic analysis of material culture, although this is now beginning to change, with material culture recently emerging as a topic in its own right within the social sciences. Carl Knappett seeks to contribute to this emergent field by adopting a wide-ranging interdisciplinary approach that is rooted in archaeology and integrates anthropology, sociology, art history, semiotics, psychology, and cognitive science.


Contents

Introduction: thinking through material culture
Animacy, agency, and personhood
Cognition, perception, and action
The dynamics of networks
Networks of meaning: a sociosemiotics of material culture
Thinking through: meaning in modern material culture
Archaeological case study: drinking vessels in Minoan Crete
Conclusions

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