Part of the Asia Pacific Design Library. QSL
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Objects in the mirror appear closer than they are / Lynn Meskell -- A materialist approach to materiality / Michael Rowlands -- Some properties of art and culture : ontologies of the image and economics of exchange / Fred Myers -- Sticky subjects and sticky objects : the substance of African Christian healing / Matthew Engelke -- Does money matter? : abstraction and substitution in alternative financial forms / Bill Maurer -- The materiality of finance theory / Hirokazu Miyazaki -- Signs are not the garb of meaning : on the social analysis of material things / Webb Keane -- Materiality and cognition : the changing face of things / Susanne Küchler -- Beyond mediation : three new material registers and their consequences / Nigel Thrift -- Things happen : or, from which moment does that object come? / Christopher Pinney.
"Throughout history and across social and cultural contexts, most systems of belief - whether religious or secular - have ascribed wisdom to those who see reality as that which transcends the merely material. Yet, as the studies collected here show, the immaterial is not easily separated from the material. Humans are defined, to an extraordinary degree, by their expressions of immaterial ideals through material forms".
"The essays in this book explore varied manifestations of materiality from ancient times to the present. In assessing the fundamental role of materiality in shaping humanity, they signal the need to de-center the social within social anthropology in order to make room for the material".--BOOKJACKET.