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Reading Material Culture: Structuralism, Hermeneutics and Post-Structuralism

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Reading Material Culture: Structuralism, Hermeneutics and Post-Structuralism

Christopher Tilley (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-17285-7 January 1991 Wiley-Blackwell 368 Pages

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Central to any understanding of the significance of material objects, whether contemporary or prehistoric, is a discussion of the very nature of interpretation itself: how we 'read' artefacts and inscribe them into the present. This book examines the complex relations between material culture, social structures and social practices from structuralist, hermeneutical and post-structuralist viewpoints.

List of contributors vi

Preface vii

Part I Structuralism

1 Claude Levi-Strauss: Structuralism and Beyond 3

Part II Hermeneutics

2 Paul Ricoeur: Action, Meaning and Text 85

3 Clifford Geertz: Towards a More 'Thick' Understanding? 121

Part III Post-Structuralism

4 Roland Barthes: From Sign to Text 163

5 Jacques Derrida: 'There is nothing outside of the text' 206

6 Michel Foucault: Towards an Archaeology of Archaeology 281

Index 348