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Material culture books

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Shopping Mall by Matthew (Carnegie Museum of Art, USA) Newton Shopping Mall
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. The mall near Mat thew Newton's childhood home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was one of the state's first enclosed shopping malls. Like all malls...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Jet Lag by Christopher J. (Lafayette College, USA) Lee Jet Lag
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. What exactly is jet lag? And, more importantly, how do we live with jet lag? Christopher J. Lee's book introduces jet lag as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Eye Chart by William (The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, USA) Germano Eye Chart
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Desert nomads tested their vision by distinguishing a pair of stars. But we have since created more disquieting ways to test the strength...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Personal Stereo by Rebecca (Independent Scholar, USA) Tuhus-Dubrow Personal Stereo
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. When the Sony Walkman debuted in 1979, people were enthralled by the novel experience it offered: immersion in the music of their choice,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Tumor by Anna (Chapman University USA) Leahy Tumor

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. One in two men and one in three women will develop invasive cancer. Tumors have the power to redefine identities and change how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Sock by Kim (Brown University, USA) Adrian Sock
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Who ponders the sock? This common object is something people tug on and take off daily with hardly a thought. Unraveling the garment's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Veil by Rafia (Independent Scholar, USA) Zakaria Veil
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. The veil can be an instrument of feminist empowerment, and veiled anonymity can confer power to women. Starting from her own marriage ceremony...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Designed for Hi-Fi Living The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America by Janet Borgerson, Jonathan (Rochester Institute of Technology) Schroeder, Daniel (University College London) Miller Designed for Hi-Fi Living The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America
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The sleek hi-fi console in a well-appointed midcentury American living room might have had a stack of albums by musicians like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, or Patti Page. It was just as likely to have had a selection of LPs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2017

Other books in this genre

Reading Books and Prints as Cultural Objects by Evanghelia Stead Reading Books and Prints as Cultural Objects

This book contributes significantly to book, image and media studies from an interdisciplinary, comparative point of view. Its broad perspective spans medieval manuscripts to e-readers. Inventive methodology offers numerous insights into visual, manuscript and print culture: material objects relate to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2017

Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture by Elisabeth Wesseling Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture

While Romantic-era concepts of childhood nostalgia have been understood as the desire to retrieve the ephemeral mindset of the child, this collection proposes that the emergence of digital media has altered this reflective gesture towards the past. No longer is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

Unreal Objects Digital Materialities, Technoscientific Projects and Political Realities by Kate O'Riordan Unreal Objects Digital Materialities, Technoscientific Projects and Political Realities

Unpacks the political economy of new science and technology projects, and the implications for a utopian future
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2017

The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property by Jane (New York University, USA) Anderson The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property
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The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property contains new contributions from scholars working at the cutting edge of cultural property studies, bringing together diverse academic and professional perspectives to develop a coherent overview of this field of enquiry. The global range...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/06/2017

The Political Afterlife of Sites of Monumental Destruction Reconstructing Affect in Mostar and New York by Andrea Connor The Political Afterlife of Sites of Monumental Destruction Reconstructing Affect in Mostar and New York

What happens when a monumental thing is physically destroyed? Is its life as a socially significant, presencing thing at an end? Or might the process of destruction work to enhance its symbolic force, mediating work and presencing power? In this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/06/2017

Material Culture in Russia and the USSR Things, Values, Identities by Graham H. (Universite Paris Nanterre, France) Roberts Material Culture in Russia and the USSR Things, Values, Identities
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Material culture, the 'stuff' of everyday life, is deeply entwined with cultural values and the politics of identity. Material culture is widely studied across different disciplines and represents some of the most cutting-edge scholarship. However, until now there has been...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017

History Through Material Culture by Leonie Hannan, Sarah Longair History Through Material Culture
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Format: Electronic book text - Released: 20/04/2017

History Through Material Culture by Dr. Leonie Hannan, Sarah Longair History Through Material Culture
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Material culture is central to human experience and represents a vital but under-used source for historians. Written in a lively and accessible style, this guide provides clear and practical guidance on how to incorporate the study of objects into historical...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/04/2017

Tree by Matthew Battles Tree

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Tree explores the forms, uses, and alliances of this living object's entanglement with humanity, from antiquity to the present. Trees tower over us...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017

Global Magic Technologies of Appropriation from Ancient Rome to Wall Street by Alf Hornborg Global Magic Technologies of Appropriation from Ancient Rome to Wall Street

Modern thought on economics and technology is no less magical than the world views of non-modern peoples. This book reveals how our ideas about growth and progress ignore how money and machines throughout history have been used to exploit less...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2017

Studies In Pre-capitalist Modes Of Production Historical Materialist Volume 97 by Laura Da Graca Studies In Pre-capitalist Modes Of Production Historical Materialist Volume 97


Format: Paperback - Released: 21/02/2017

Confronting Technopoly Charting a Course Towards Human Survival by Phil Rose Confronting Technopoly Charting a Course Towards Human Survival

In 1992, Neil Postman presciently coined the term technopoly to refer to the surrender of culture to technology. This book brings together a number of contributors from different disciplinary perspectives to analyze technopoly both as a concept and as it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2017

Sex Robots The Future of Desire by Jason (Hong Kong Information Science and Engineering Research Center, Hong Kong) Lee Sex Robots The Future of Desire
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This book reveals that the way we perceive sex robots is how we perceive ourselves, overcoming the false human/non-human binary. From Greek myths, to the film Ex Machina, to Japanese technology, non-human sexuality has been at the heart of culture....
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/02/2017

Patterns in Circulation Cloth, Gender, and Materiality in West Africa by Nina Sylvanus Patterns in Circulation Cloth, Gender, and Materiality in West Africa

In this book, Nina Sylvanus tells a captivating story of global trade and cross-cultural aesthetics in West Africa, showing how a group of Togolese women through the making and circulation of wax cloth became influential agents of taste and history....
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/12/2016

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