The World of Goods

Author: Mary Douglas
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415291097
Release Date: 2002-09-05
Genre: Social Science

In this pioneering work, a leading anthropologist and an economist join forces to suggest that people use goods as a means of communicating with each other and illustrate how we can better understand the way this affects society.

The Thorah and the Stoics on Humankind and Nature

Author: J. J. Boersema
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004118861
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Religion

In this book the author re-examines the relevance of the seminal texts of western civilization for the present environmental debate. He is arguing that what we today know as 'Christian cosmology' is in fact a grafting of classical Greek philosophy onto ancient Israelite thought, with certain valuable traditions being all but lost in the process. The dietary laws of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, in particular, still prove surprisingly relevant today.

Mary Douglas

Author: Richard Fardon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134953097
Release Date: 2002-01-04
Genre: Social Science

This is the first full length account of the life and ideas of Mary Douglas, the British social anthropologist whose publications span the second half of the twentieth century. Richard Fardon covers Douglas' family background, and the pervasive influence of her catholic faith on her writings before providing an analysis of two of her most influential works; Purity and Danger (1966) and Natural Symbols (1970). The final section deals with Douglas' more controversial writings in the fields of economics, consumption, religion and risk analysis in contemporary societies. Throughout, Fardon highlights the centrality of Douglas' role in the history of anthropology and the discipline's struggle to achieve relevance to contemporary, western societies.

Collecting in a Consumer Society

Author: Russell W. Belk
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134575992
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: Social Science

This groundbreaking book examines the relationship between the development of the consumer society and the rise of collecting by individuals and institutions. Rusell Belk considers how and why people collect, as individuals, corporations and museums, and the impact this collecting has on us and our culture. Collecting in a Consumer Society outlines the history of museum collecting from ancient civilizations to the present. It also looks at aspects of consumer culture - advertizing, department stores, mass merchandizing, consumer desires, and how this relates to the activity of collecting. Collecting in a Consumer Society is the first book to focus on collecting as material consumption. This is a provocative and engaging book, essential reading for anyone involved with the process of collecting.

As Long as It s Pink

Author: Penny Sparke
Publisher: Pandora Press
ISBN: UVA:X002753179
Release Date: 1995-01-01
Genre: Art

Why do car manufacturers use paisley interiors to sell their products to women, and does it work? Is women's taste really different to men's? Who says so? And does it matter? In this highly original book Penny Sparke uses familiar objects of our everyday environments - furniture, cars and domestic appliances and interiors - to look at how taste has become a gendered issue in our culture. Ever since the industrial revolution, the cluttered interior has been associated with femininity while the minimal forms of modernist architecture have acted as markers of a masculine aesthetic. As Long as It's Pink argues that 'taste' has been a quality assigned to women while 'design' is a man-made construction which has taken aesthetic authority away from women. This in turn has succeeded in trivializing and marginalizing women's material culture. Ranging across histories of domesticity, feminine consumption and home-making, as well as modern design and broader cultural theories, Penny Sparke offers a completely new version of the history of our modern material culture.

ISBN: UCAL:B4480217
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Africa

Public Communication

Author: Marjorie Feruson
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN: UOM:39015017004030
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Social Science

How have new technologies, regulatory policies, and changes in ownership affected today's media? This is the central question explored in Public Communication. An outstanding team of contributors addresses the current transformation of media systems and examines the impact of new ownership and regulatory structures, policies, and technologies. The growth of official information management, the unequal distribution of communication resources, and the implications of these trends on democratic processes are thoroughly analyzed. In addition, contributors probe various conceptual and methodological issues, including a reappraisal of the culturalist paradigm and the neglected significance of journalistic sources. Public Communication, the New Imperatives provides scholars and students with a well-rounded overview of the field and offers a set of new research imperatives for the coming decade. "This is a good book and should be read by those who wish to orientate themselves to important currents in British studies or to reflect on a number of conventional wisdoms which are subjected to critical and productive scrutiny. For this book does more than map the field; it gives directions for future research. . . . The essays display an impressive maturity of scholarship and are informed by their authors' familiarity with earlier work in the field. . . ." --Prometheus "A particularly interesting and challenging work. . . . A very good collection indeed." --Media Information Australia "This is an important collection of very readable papers for it addresses the changing situation which the broadcasting industry faces today." --Television: Journal of the Royal Television Society "Tremendousbreadth. . . . This book makes an important contribution to the future direction of research in our discipline. . . . The collection clearly articulates areas of change and the implications for future research and policy on an international level." --Journal of Broadcasting and

The Art and Mystery of Historical Archaeology

Author: Anne E. Yentsch
Publisher: CRC PressI Llc
ISBN: UOM:39015025385082
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Social Science

The Art and Mystery of Historical Archaeology is essential reading for anyone concerned with the past. In it, archaeologists write of "revolutions of the imagination," and wrest secrets from old objects to recreate our multi-cultured heritage. Material culture is focal-large cities, small potsherds, big and little bones. The book is interdisciplinary and goes inside the process of artifact interpretation to reveal how artifacts "talk" about people. The emphasis is context, ethnography, ordinary and extraordinary men, women, and children. Here is local history in material form as well as stories of global expansion and culture contact. The book draws on the seminal influence of James Deetz's work on American culture and merges history, folklore, anthropology, African-American, Native American, and gender studies. The essays illustrate the power and potency of folk beliefs and how myths of the past are constantly remade. The authors show how people use objects to converse about themselves, their worlds, and relationships with others. They examine messages writ on brick and stone, buried in earth and passed in legend. They then demonstrate how archaeologists, historians, museologists, and students of material culture can read these to bring the past to light.

Arguing With Anthropology

Author: Karen Sykes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134523498
Release Date: 2004-03-01
Genre: Social Science

Arguing with Anthropology is a fresh and wholly original guide to key elements in anthropology, which teaches the ability to think, write and argue critically. Using the classic 'question of the gift' as a master-issue for discussion, and drawing on a rich variety of Pacific and global ethnography, it provides a unique course in methods, aims, knowledge, and understanding. The book's highly original hypothetical approach takes gift-theory - the science of obligation and reciprocity - as the paradigm for a virtual enquiry which explores how the anthropological discipline has evolved historically, how it is applied in practice and how it can be argued with critically. By asking students to participate in projected situations and dilemmas, and in arguments about the form and nature of enquiry, it offers working practice of dealing with the obstacles and choices involved in anthropological study. * From an expert teacher whose methods are tried and tested * Comprehensive and fun course ideal for intermediate-level students * Clearly defines the functions of anthropology, and its key theories and arguments * Effectively teaches core study skills for exam success and progressive learning.

Conspicuous Consumption

Author: Thorstein Veblen
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141964317
Release Date: 2005-08-25
Genre: Business & Economics

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are. With its wry portrayal of a shallow, materialistic 'leisure class' obsessed by clothes, cars, consumer goods and climbing the social ladder, this withering satire on modern capitalism is as pertinent today as when it was written over a century ago.