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The social life of things : commodities in cultural perspective

Author: Arjun Appadurai
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1986] ©1986
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats

The contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings, both present and past. Focusing on culturally defined aspects of exchange and  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Social life of things
Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arjun Appadurai
ISBN: 0521323517 9780521323512 0521357268 9780521357265
OCLC Number: 12418825
Notes: Three of the papers were presented to the Ethnohistory Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania during 1983-84; the others were presented at a Symposium on the Relationship between Commodities and Culture, held May 23-25, 1984, in Philadelphia.
Description: xiv, 329 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Commodities and the politics of value / Arjun Appadurai --
Cultural biography of things : commoditization as process / Igor Kopytoff --
Two kinds of value in the Eastern Solomon Islands / William H. Davenport --
Newcomers to the world of goods : consumption among the Muria Gonds / Alfred Gell --
Varna and the emergence of wealth in prehistoric Europe / Colin Renfrew --
Sacred commodities : the circulation of medieval relics / Patrick Geary --
Weavers and dealers : the authenticity of an oriental carpet / Brian Spooner --
Qat : changes in the production and consumption of a quasilegal commodity in northeast Africa / Lee V. Cassanelli --
Structure of a cultural crisis : thinking about cloth in France before and after the Revolution / William M. Reddy --
Origins of swadeshi (home industry) : cloth and Indian society, 1700-1930 / C.A. Bayly.
Responsibility: edited by Arjun Appadurai.
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