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Object World: The Circulation and Value of Material Culture

This course critically engages with a number of major debates in material culture studies, focusing particularly on circulation/exchange, value and materiality in small-scale / pre-industrial societies. Central to this course is the theme of people-object relations, their dialectical constitution and such concepts as object agency and biographies, materiality, entanglement and distributed personhood. The class deals with some fundamental issues concerning the construction of value, the significance of object circulation and the relationship between social identity and material culture.

ANTHROP 748

Object World: The Circulation and Value of Material Culture

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter, Fall Offered?: Yes

This course critically engages with a number of major debates in material culture studies, focusing particularly on circulation/exchange, value and materiality in small-scale / pre-industrial societies. Central to this course is the theme of people-object relations, their dialectical constitution and such concepts as object agency and biographies, materiality, entanglement and distributed personhood. The class deals with some fundamental issues concerning the construction of value, the significance of object circulation and the relationship between social identity and material culture.