Material Culture

Material culture is the physical evidence of a culture in the objects and architecture they make, or have made. The term tends to be relevant only in archeological and anthropological studies, but it specifically means all material evidence which can be attributed to culture, past or present. Material culture studies is an interdisciplinary field telling of relationships between people and their things: the making, history, preservation, and interpretation of objects. It draws on theory and practice from the social sciences and humanities such as art history, archaeology, anthropology, history ...more

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth
The Social Life of Things
The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities
A New Nation of Goods: The Material Culture of Early America
Stuff
In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life
Home Possessions: Material Culture Behind Closed Doors
Material Culture and Mass Consumption
Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture
Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter
Handbook of Material Culture
Material Culture Studies in America: An Anthology
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
Culture and Comfort: Parlor Making and Middle Class Identity
History from Things: Essays on Material Culture

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