ABSTRACT

Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture offers a new approach to the study of contemporary objects, to give the reader a new understanding of the relationship between people and their material world. It asks how the very stuff of our world has shaped our societies by addressing a broad array of questions including:
* why do Berliners have such strange door keys?
* should the Isle of Wight pop festival be preserved?
* could aliens tell a snail shell from a waste paper basket
* why did Victorian England make so much of death and burial?

chapter |9 pages

Introduction

chapter 3|22 pages

Making culture and weaving the world

ByTIM INGOLD

chapter 4|25 pages

Indigenous theories, scientific theories and product histories

ByMICHAEL BRIAN SCHIFFER

chapter 5|15 pages

Taking things more seriously: psychological theories of autism and the material-social divide

ByEMMA WILLIAMS AND ALAN COS TA L L

chapter 8|10 pages

Always crashing in the same car