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Wild things : The material culture o - J Attfield

Wild things

The material culture o

Paperback Published: 1st December 2000
ISBN: 9781859733691
Number Of Pages: 336

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What do things mean? What does the life of everyday objects after the check-out reveal about people and their material worlds? Has the quest for 'the real thing' become so important because the high tech world of total virtuality threatens to engulf us? This pioneering book bridges design theory and anthropology to offer a new and challenging way of understanding the changing meanings of contemporary human-object relations. The act of consumption is only the starting point in objects' 'lives'. Thereafter they are transformed and invested with new meanings that reflect and assert who we are. Defining design as 'things with attitude' differentiates the highly visible fashionable object from ordinary artefacts that are taken for granted. Through case studies ranging from reproduction furniture to fashion and textiles to 'clutter', the author traces the connection between objects and authenticity, ephemerality and self-identity. But beyond this, she shows the materiality of the everyday in terms of space, time and the body and suggests a transition with the passing of time from embodiment to disembodiment. Shortlisted for the Design History Society Scholarship Prize 2001-2002

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"Wild Things is an initial foray into a territory that, for all its ubiquity and ordinariness, remains academically unchartered. For me it is not a book to agree with or disagree with, but a book to think with (and what more could you ask for?)." --Journal of Design History

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
the Material Culture of Everyday Lifep. 1
Thingsp. 9
The Meaning of Design: Things with Attritudep. 11
The Meaning of Things: Design in the Lower Casep. 45
Things and the Dynamics of the Social Changesp. 75
Themesp. 97
Continuity: Authenticity and the Paradoxical Nature of Reproductionp. 99
Change: the Ephemeral Materiality of Identityp. 121
Containment: the Ecology of Personal Possessionsp. 149
Contextsp. 173
Space: Where Things Take Placep. 177
Time: Bringing Things to Lifep. 213
The Body: the Threshold between Nature and Culturep. 237
Conclusionp. 263
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9781859733691
ISBN-10: 1859733697
Series: Materializing Culture
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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