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Material culture books

See below for a selection of the latest books from Material culture category. Presented with a red border are the Material culture books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading.

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Recently Published

Memory, Place and Identity Commemoration and remembrance of war and conflict by Danielle (University of New South Wales, Australia) Drozdzewski Memory, Place and Identity Commemoration and remembrance of war and conflict
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This book bridges theoretical gaps that exist between the meta-concepts of memory, place and identity by positioning its lens on the emplaced practices of commemoration and the remembrance of war and conflict. This book examines how diverse publics relate to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2018

Domestic Spaces in Post-Mao China On Electronic Household Appliances by Min'an Wang Domestic Spaces in Post-Mao China On Electronic Household Appliances

Published in Chinese by Henan University Press 2015.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/12/2017

A Place Called Home The Social Dimensions of Homeownership by Kim R. (Manger for Program Assessment, Center for Instructional Technology, Duke University) Manturuk, Mark R. (Resea Lindblad A Place Called Home The Social Dimensions of Homeownership
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A Place Called Home explains that homeownership is associated with many positive and surprising non-financial outcomes, and also how and why this is so. The book ultimately argues that homeownership is an important social tool that can improve the lives...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

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: 14/09/2017

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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How record albums and their covers delivered mood music, lifestyle advice, global sounds, and travel tips to midcentury Americans who longed to be modern.The sleek hi-fi console in a well-appointed midcentury American living room might have had a stack of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2017

Tumor by Anna (Chapman University, USA) Leahy Tumor
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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

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. Jet lag is a momentary condition resulting from the human body and its inner clock being pitched against the time-leaping effects of modern...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Sock by Kim (Brown University, USA) Adrian Sock
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A funny, lyrical, illuminating book on the rich and little known history of the humble sock, its various incarnations throughout the world, and on what socks teach us about the frailty and awkwardness of the human body --
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Coming Soon

A Life Less Throwaway The Lost Art of Buying for Life by Tara Button A Life Less Throwaway The Lost Art of Buying for Life

Now more than ever, we live in a society where we covet new and shiny things. Not only has consumption risen dramatically over the last 60 years, but we are damaging the environment at the same time. That is why...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2018

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: 02/03/2018

Spectacular Accumulation Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability by Morgan Pitelka Spectacular Accumulation Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability

In Spectacular Accumulation, Morgan Pitelka investigates the significance of material culture and sociability in late sixteenth-century Japan, focusing in particular on the career and afterlife of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. The story of Ieyasu illustrates...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2018

Luggage by Susan (Wake Forest University, USA) Harlan Luggage
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. You can't think about travel without thinking about luggage. And baggage has baggage. Susan Harlan takes readers on a journey with the suitcases...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018

Cultural Landscapes of South Asia Studies in Heritage Conservation and Management by Kapila D. (University of Kansas, USA) Silva Cultural Landscapes of South Asia Studies in Heritage Conservation and Management
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The pluralism of South Asia belies any singular reading of its heritage. In spite of this diversity, its cultural traditions retain certain attributes that are at their core South Asian-in their capacity to self-organize, enact and reinvent cultural memories, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2018

Other books in this genre

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

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

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

Veil by Rafia (Independent Scholar, USA) Zakaria Veil
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The veil [(hijab)] can be an instrument of feminist empowerment, and veiled anonymity can confer power to women. Starting from her own marriage ceremony at which she first wore a full veil, Rafia Zakaria examines how veils [can] do more...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

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. An introduction substantiates methods and approaches, ten chapters follow along media lines: from manuscripts to prints, printed books, and e-readers.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2017

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: 21/07/2017

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: 10/07/2017

Growing Down Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age by Jaco J. Hamman Growing Down Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age

The question that drives this inquiry is the question of being and becoming a person in a technological world --Introduction.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2017

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