Things in Culture, Culture in Things
Approaches to Culture Theory 3
Toimetajad: Anu Kannike & Patrick Laviolette
Tartu Ülikooli Kirjastus, 2013
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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.

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  • Patrick Laviolette
    Introduction. Storing and storying the serendipity of objects, 13-33

    Soft objects

    1. Stephen Harold Riggins
    The natural order is decay: the home as an ephemeral art project, 36-57

    2. Carlo A. Cubero
    Placing objects first: filming transnationalism, 58-73

    3. Rowan R. Mackay
    Beware of dreams come true: valuing the intangible in the American Dream, 74-99

    Stoic stories

    4. Susanne Nylund Skog
    The travelling furniture: materialised experiences of living in the Jewish diaspora, 102-113

    5. Timo Muhonen
    A hard matter: stones in Finnish-Karelian folk belief, 114-138

    6. Kirsti Salo-Mattila
    An embroidered royal gift as a political symbol and embodiment of design ideas in 1885, 139-155

    Consuming and the collectable

    7. Maria Cristache
    The ‘vintage community’ in Bucharest: consumers and collectors, 158-171

    8. Roosmarii Kurvits
    The visual form of newspaper as a guide for information consumption, 172-203

    9. Visa Immonen
    Design for individuality: the Jordan Individual toothbrushes and interpassivity in material culture, 204-221

    10. Meripeni Ngully
    Collecting the Nagas: John Henry Hutton, the administrator-collector in the Naga Hills, 222-241

    Waste and technologies

    11. Brigitte Glaser
    Waste and alterity in ‘speculative fiction’: an assessment of the de- and re-evaluation of material objects in selected dystopian novels, 244-255

    12. Remo Gramigna
    Toilet cultures: boundaries, dirt and disgust, 256-279

    13. Maaris Raudsepp & Andu Rämmer
    The social childhood of new ambivalent objects: emerging social representations of new biotechnologies, 280-302

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