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Things in Culture, Culture in Things

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Book Series: Approaches to Culture Theory ISBN: 9789949323944 9789949323951 Year: Pages: 310 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_463505 Language: English
Publisher: University of Tartu Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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This volume addresses the dynamics of materiality over time and space. In cross-cultural, multi-temporal and interdisciplinary studies the authors examine how things gain meaning and status, generate a multitude of emotions, and feed into the propagation of myths, narratives and discourses. The book is divided according to four themes: soft objects, stoic stories, consuming and the collectable, and waste and technologies. The first section discusses the meanings of the lived environment on the individual and national levels. The second section provides specific examples on the role of things in identity construction. The third section focuses on historical and contemporary aspects of consumption and collecting. The phenomena under scrutiny in the fourth section are moral dilemmas associated with and representations of dirt/waste and advancements in science and technology. Presenting diverse case studies of material culture, the volume points to rich interdisciplinary approaches in cultural theory.

Body, Personhood and Privacy: Perspectives on the Cultural Other and Human Experience

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Book Series: Approaches to Culture Theory ISBN: 9789949774593 9789949774609 Year: Pages: 344 Language: English
Publisher: University of Tartu Press
Subject: Ethnology --- Sociology --- Nutrition and Food Sciences --- Archaeology --- Science (General) --- Information theory
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This book studies how the concepts of body, personhood and privacy can be expanded across disciplinary borders. Notwithstanding the diversity of empirical material and theoretical frameworks, the chapters suggest innovative tools for common key issues: dialogue with the cultural Other, the appropriation of space, and personality. Human embodiment and ethical aspects of representing and regulating cultural practices are a major focus through much of the volume. The book is illustrated with some of the finest examples of Tartu street art.

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