|LEVEL||03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course|
|DESCRIPTION||This study-unit aims to give an insight into Material culture as a method and object of study. Material Culture is focused on the study of objects which can be looked at as signs, as objects of exchange or of desire, as self-projections, as products or as commodities. The study of Material Culture leads to numerous fields of analysis and creates interesting bridges between disciplines, such as archaeology, history, psychology, economics, design and architecture. Consequently the study-unit will include studies of technologies (defined as a chain of choices), studies of acculturation (the evolution of practices in the context of globalization), and studies of identity (on a microsocial or macrosocial level).
A study-unit reader will be available, including among other readings:
- Appadurai A.(1981). "Gastro-Politics in Hindu South Asia”.
- Latour B. (2000). The Berlin key or how to do words with things.
- Lemonnier P.(eds).(1993). “Technological choices: transformation in material culture since the Neolithic”.
- Miller D.(1998). “Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter”.
- Bourdieu P. (1984). “Distinction: a social critique of the judgment of taste”.
|METHOD OF ASSESSMENT||
|LECTURER/S||Elise Pisani Billiard
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