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    DescriptionRecent symbolic and social analyses have drawn much attention to the role of material culture in human society, emphasising the representational and ideological aspects of the material world. These studies have, nonetheless, often overlooked how the very physicality of material culture and our material surroundings make them unique and distinctive from text and discourse. In this book, Boivin explores how the physicality of the material world shapes our thoughts, emotions, cosmological frameworks, social relations and even our bodies. Focusing on the agency of material culture, she draws on the work of a diverse range of thinkers, from Marx and Merleau-Ponty to Darwin, while highlighting a wide selection of studies in archaeology, cultural anthropology, history, cognitive science and evolutionary biology. She asks what is distinctive about material culture compared to other aspects of human culture and presents a comprehensive overview of material agency that has much to offer to both scholars and students.


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    Title
    Material Cultures, Material Minds
    Subtitle
    The Impact of Things On Human Thought, Society, and Evolution
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicole Boivin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521176132
    ISBN 10: 0521176131
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    LC classification: GN406 .B65 2010
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    67 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Nicole Boivin is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology and Jesus College, University of Oxford.
    Review quote
    'This book is a brave attempt to deal with the relationships between humans and things from the perspectives of natural scientists as well as of humanists and social scientists. It is indeed remarkable how the relationships between people and things are studied in distinct and separate traditions, and Boivin is to be congratulated for having the courage to take an inclusive view. She is right that many of those who discuss modern material culture ... pay scant attention to things themselves and their material connections. ... She challenges us towards a fuller integration of human and material sciences, of socio-cultural and evolutionary perspectives.' Journal of Anthropological Research 'The strengths of this book are its very accessible language, broad coverage, and many examples from case studies, including the author's ethnoarchaeological and geoarchaeological research in rural India. It is very appropriate for classroom adoption and would be appreciated by anyone wanting a comprehensive and thoroughly explained introduction to this complex subject.' American Anthropologist 'Nicole Boivin invites readers to rethink fundamental relationships between people and material culture. With indifference to disciplinary boundaries, her highly original synthesis ... is refreshing and significant ... [It] incisively discusses theoretical issues in accessible and graceful prose.' Technology and Culture 'Nicole Boivin's superb book explores the consequences of taking materiality seriously in our accounts of culture and mind. It is a timely contribution to the study of mind and artefacts in culture and society, and key reading for anyone interested in human development and human evolution.' Chris Sinha, University of Portsmouth
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. Representation and matter; 3. Words are not enough; 4. The agency of matter; 5. A self-made species; 6. Conclusion.