Anthropology and Material Culture


The world of things and materials produced by humans is an integral part of cultures both past and present. Although interest in the Anthropology of material culture is as old as anthropology ,the Material Culture as an autonomous field of study begins to enjoy an intensive and systematic research much later. From passive markers of social relations or merely artifacts that serve operational needs, recent studies have identified the things a lot more active and decisive role in society. Things do not just illustrate the human act but part of this and are involved in the production of social realities and in shaping human behaviors and values. In this course are discussed in detail theories and ethnographies that have a milestone in shaping the research field of the Material Culture and linked to more general philosophical which deal with our relationship with matter, and the boundaries between subjects and objects.


Objectives

The course aims to present an analysis and explanation of the meaning and the field of Material Culture and the relevant terminology and fields.


Prerequisites

No prerequisites.


Syllabus

• MATERIAL CULTURE: INTRODUCTION • sEMIOTIC ANALYSIS OF CULTURE.THE CASE TOY ROLAND BARTHES • THE SOCIAL LIFE OF OBJECTS. OBJECTS AS ACTORS OF ACTION • MUSEUMS AND CULTURE YLIKOS • CONSUMPTION AND MATERIAL • The (MATERIAL) CULTURE OF FOOD AND GASTRONOMY

COURSE DETAILS

Level:

Type:

Undergraduate

(A-)


Instructors: Eleana Gialouri
Department: Department of Social Anthropology
Institution: Panteion University
Subject: Anthropology
Rights: CC - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

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