Thursday, 15 October 2009

Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies (edited with Mary Beaudry) is published in August 2010. Richard Wentworth has very kindly agreed to license a detail from his photograph 'Look Out (England, 2009)' for the cover. Contents and contributors are below, and the Handbook can be ordered here. The introduction to the volume is online here.

'We don't just study things. We study with things, and create new things in the process. If ever proof were needed, it lies in this monumental volume. Ranging across archaeology, anthropology, geography and science and technology studies, its contributing authors have worked with all sorts of things to create a text that not only places material culture studies on a secure footing, but will serve as a landmark for years to come.' (Professor Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen)

'On the evidence of this Handbook, material culture studies has resisted becoming reduced to a staid academic discipline. In these essays, some assertive and combative, others reflective and inclusive, are found instead a remarkable enthusiasm that transcends traditional academic boundaries and topics to try and stay at the vanguard of intellectual debate. Whether through theories of exchange, or deposition, of art or personhood, contributors to this book seek new horizons that can also create bridges between historical disciplines such as archaeology and history with a whole range of social sciences such as anthropology and geography. There is the feeling that this is the moment in which understanding material culture, something central to humanity, its past and future, is being achieved at a level beyond anything that had previously been imagined: through what this volume effectively reveals is a huge amount of new research, which is complemented by a commitment to new thinking about the implications of this research. This is very exciting stuff.' (Professor Daniel Miller, UCL)


1: Dan Hicks & Mary C. Beaudry: Introduction. Material Culture Studies: a reactionary view (pp. 1-21)

I. Disciplinary Perspectives
2: Dan Hicks: The Material-Cultural Turn: event and effect (pp. 25-98)
3: Ian Cook & Divya Tolia-Kelly: Material Geographies (pp. 99-122)
4: Robert St George: Material Culture in Folklife Studies (pp. 123-149)
5: Ann Stahl: Material Histories (pp. 150-172)
6: John Law: The Materials of STS (pp. 173-188)

II. Material Practices
7: Andrew Pickering: Material Culture and the Dance of Agency (pp. 191-208)
8: Michael Dietler: Consumption (pp. 209-228)
9: Gavin Lucas: Fieldwork and Collecting (pp. 229-245)
10: Hirokazu Miyazaki: Gifts and Exchange (pp. 246-264)
11: Howard Morphy: Art as Action, Art as Evidence (pp. 265-290)
12: Rosemary Joyce with Joshua Pollard: Archaeological Assemblages and Practices of Deposition (pp. 291-309)

III. Objects and Humans
13: Kacy L. Hollenback & Michael B. Schiffer: Technology and Material Life (pp. 313-332)
14: Andy Jones & Nicole Boivin: The Malice of Inanimate Objects: Material Agency (pp. 333-351)
15: Chris Fowler: From Identity and Material Culture to Personhood and Materiality (pp. 352-385)
16: Zoe Crossland: Materiality and Embodiment (pp. 386-405)
17: Tatyana Humle: Material Culture in Primates (pp. 406-424)

IV. Landscapes and the Built Environment
18: Lesley Head: Cultural Landscapes (pp. 427-439)
19: Sarah Whatmore & Steve Hinchliffe: Ecological Landscapes (pp. 440-458)
20: Roland Fletcher: Urban Materialities: Meaning, Magnitude, Friction, and Outcomes (pp. 459-483)
21: Carl Lounsbury: Architecture and Cultural History (pp. 484-501)
22: Victor Buchli: Households and `Home Cultures' (pp. 502-517)

V. Studying Particular Things
23: Rodney Harrison: Stone Tools (pp. 521-542)
24: Chandra Mukerji: The Landscape Garden as Material Culture: Lessons from France (pp. 543-561)
25: Douglass W. Bailey & Lesley McFadyen: Built Objects (pp. 562-587)
26: Carl Knappett, Lambros Malafouris & Peter Tomkins: Ceramics (as Containers) (pp. 588-612)
27: Peter J. Pels: Magical Things: On Fetishes, Commodities, and Computers (pp. 613-633)

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28. Afterword: Nigel Thrift: Fings Ain't Wot They Used t'Be: Thinking Through Material Thinking as Placing and Arrangement (pp. 634-645)

References (pp. 646-758)
Index (pp. 759-774)

Contributors:
Douglass W. Bailey, San Francisco State University
Mary C. Beaudry, Boston University
Nicole Boivin, University of Oxford
Victor Buchli, University College London
Ian Cook, University of Exeter
Zoe Crossland, Columbia University
Michael Dietler, University of Chicago
Roland Fletcher, University of Sydney
Chris Fowler, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Rodney Harrison, The Open University
Lesley Head, University of Wollongong
Dan Hicks, University of Oxford
Steve Hinchliffe, University of Exeter
Kacy L. Hollenback, University of Arizona
Tatyana Humle, University of Kent
Andy Jones, Southampton University
Rosemary Joyce, University of California at Berkeley
Carl Knappett, University of Toronto
John Law, Open University
Carl Lounsbury, College of William and Mary
Gavin Lucas, University of Iceland
Lesley McFadyen, University of Leicester
Lambros Malafouris, University of Cambridge
Hirokazu Miyazaki, Cornell University
Howard Morphy, Australian National University
Chandra Mukerji, University of California, San Diego
Peter Pels, University of Leiden
Andrew Pickering, University of Exeter
Joshua Pollard, Bristol University
Robert St George, University of Pennsylvania
Michael B. Schiffer, University of Arizona
Ann Stahl, University of Victoria
Divya Tolia-Kelly, Durham University
Nigel Thrift, Warwick University
Peter Tomkins, Catholic University of Leiden
Sarah Whatmore, University of Oxford

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