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Material Identities

Joanna Sofaer (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-69328-5
184 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Material Identities examines the way that individuals use material objects as tools for projecting aspects of their identities.

  • Considers the way identity is fashioned, launched, used, and admired in the material world.
  • Contributors intervene from the disciplines of art history, anthropology, design and material culture.
  • Considers contrasting media - painting, print, sculpture, dress, coinage, architecture, furniture, luxury items, and interior design.
  • Explores the complexity of identity through the intersection notions of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, and class.
  • Reaffirms the central role of public identities and their impact on social life.
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Series Editor’s Preface.

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Materiality and Identity (Joanna Sofaer).

PART I: PROJECTING IDENTITIES.

1. Mai/Omai in London and the South Pacific: Perfomativity, Cultural Entanglement, and Indigenous Appropriation (Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones).

2. Projecting Identities in the Greek Symposion (Robin Osborne).

PART II: MATERIAL AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS.

3. Bernini Struts (Michael Cole).

4. Architectural Style and Identity in Egypt (Doris Behrens-Abouseif).

5. Identifying the Body: Representing Self. Art, Ornamentation and the Body In Later Prehistoric Europe (Fay Stevens).

PART III: POLITICS AND IDENTITY.

6. Aristocratic Identity: Regency Furniture and the Egyptian Revival Style (Abigail Harrison-Moore).

7. Architecture, Power, and Politics: The Forum-Basilica in Roman Britain (Louise Revell).

Bibliography.

Index.

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Joanna Sofaer is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. She is the author of The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology (2006), editor of Children and Material Culture (2000) and co-editor, with Dana Arnold, of Biographies and Space (2007).
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  • Considers the way identity is fashioned, launched, used, and admired in the material world.
  • Contributors intervene from the disciplines of art history, anthropology, design and material culture.
  • Considers contrasting media - painting, print, sculpture, dress, coinage, architecture, furniture, luxury items, and interior design.
  • Explores the complexity of identity through the intersection notions of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, and class.
  • Reaffirms the central role of public identities and their impact on social life.
See More
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