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Introduction

Carroll, T; Walford, A; Walton, S; (2020) Introduction. In: Carroll, T and Walford, A and Walton, S, (eds.) Lineages and Advancements in Material Culture Studies: Perspectives from UCL Anthropology. (pp. 1-16). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In establishing the Journal of Material Culture in 1996, the editors opened the first issue with an editorial that made the case that material culture studies is an undisciplined field of study. In framing it in this manner, they highlighted the intellectual freedom gained by drawing from multiple disciplinary insights and methodological approaches. In the 1990s, the research group was expanded, incorporating more of an archaeological influence from Cambridge, with the addition of Chris Tilley and Victor Buchli – both students of Ian Hodder. Within the anthropological attention to material culture, there has always been the critical issue of temporality as it is inscribed in the object. As Pinney reminds people, the Durkheimian tradition approaches objects as a historical record of society. Despite the many moves beyond representation, aesthetics, language, and semiotics, this chapter highlights a need to maintain these analytical registers in exploring material cultural phenomena.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Introduction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781003085867
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003085867
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY NC ND license , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086874
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