Citation document kaila akina documentary sources are an important complement to material culture in archaeological analysis one form specifically--personal narratives--provides us with ample opportunities to explore aspects of past people's worlds as they saw and experienced them. Material culture studies, however, focus not just on the artifacts themselves, but rather the meaning of those objects to people one of the features that characterize humans apart from other species is the extent to which we interact with objects, whether they are used or traded, whether they are. Material culture refers to the corporal, physical object constructed by humans ferguson (1977) describes material culture as 'all of the things people leave behind all of the things people make from the physical world - farm tools, ceramics, houses, furniture, toys, buttons, roads and. Identity may best be seen in access to classes of material and some individual items, but there are also some significant identity markers that will be difficult for archaeologists to recover, such as language, clothing, and hairstyle. Material culture, power, and identity in ancient china by xiaolong wu in this book, xiaolong wu offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of the zhongshan state during china's warring states period (476-221 bce.
Likewise, a cultural identity arose around the label rock-and-roller, covering not only the musicians who play that genre of music, but the fans, roadies, and other hangers-on who helped create and nurture the culture it became. Kozolec: material culture, identity, and social practice in slovenia i have examined the final electronic copy of this thesis for form and content and recommend that it be. Culture and identity, as both being social constructs, understanding the difference between culture and identity can be a problem for some when speaking of society, we often use the term culture this refers to the lifestyles that people embrace in becoming a part of a society. Cultural identity is sometimes expressed in the type of burial we cannot simply declare any cremation burial to be that of a roman, of course there is a finite number of a ways a body can be disposed of, and cultural group is only one of many factors in determining the type of burial.
Chapter two (re)defining ethnicity: culture, material culture, and identity carla jill antonaccio colonialism is a process by which rhings shape people, rarher rhan rhe reverse. Identity also is defined by a religious tradition in which there is minimal separation between the sacred and the secular, manipulable spiritual forces (as in obeah ), and ritual dance and drumming an equalitarian spirit an emphasis on self-reliance and a drive to succeed economically that has perpetuated eurocentric cultural ideals. As damasio suggests, culture is a regulator of human life and identity that regulatory func - tion extends to cultures within cultures, which we will study as subcultures, co-cultures, and.
The term 'personhood' refers to the state or condition of being a person studies of personhood investigate how persons emerge from specific ways of being in the world, and consider personhood and concepts of the person to be socially and culturally varied. Ethnicity is a particular kind of cultural identity, though we must refuse the idea that all material culture necessarily expresses ethnic identity rather than contest the importance of the criteria of ethnicity proposed by hall, it seems more useful to contest the status of material culture in this discussion. Wu intelligently spells out (17-25) the methodological pitfalls of trying to extract ethnic identity from material culture and of using extraneous, later, and prejudiced texts in interpreting archaeological finds.
Get this from a library material culture and cultural identity : a study of greek and roman coins from dora [rosa maria motta. Material culture, power, and identity in ancient china - kindle edition by xiaolong wu download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading material culture, power, and identity in ancient china. Abstract on august 31, 2000, exactly ten years after the german democratic republic (gdr) had officially ceased to exist, die welt, one of germany's national newspapers, announced nostalgia causes rising popularity of eastern [german] products (wolber 4) 1. This article considers how social identity groups come to be associated with certain material signs or traits it is argued that this is a complex and continuing process, but not one which is untraceable or random, and so we can still use these signs to aid our understanding of social identity. Scholars often designate the repertoire of material culture at hand as hellenistic koinethe process of its application could be characterized by the terms universalization and particularization.
This chapter surveys a range of material that looks at how objects are used at an individual level, principally in the identity-related task of understanding oneself. Ostalgie, material culture and identity martin blum on august 31, 2000, exactly ten years after the german democratic republic (gdr) had officially ceased to exist. Culture, understood as the breadth of human practice, affects our society at nearly every level including politics, sexuality, gender and identity in short, culture is formed through social practice, and therefore has a nearly totalizing effect upon society academic disciplines ranging from.
The bonds between place and identity can influence social formations, cultural practices, and political actions it may be seen, for instance, in the efforts of groups of emigrants to establish roots in their new homes through the planting of particular tree species or architectural ornamentation (eg, mitchell 2004. Reflecting the outside world in everyday consumption: material culture and identity in late nineteenth-century urban latin america eliot p spencer. Extra resources for an archaeology of colonial identity: power and material culture in the dwars valley, south africa example text their chief priority was the trade and any settlements they made were intended to safeguard this trade, not develop into extensive colonies of the homeland.