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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still a good overview, 27 April 2009
Muriel Logan (Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) (Paperback)
I used this book as a 'first read' on the subject of 'things' in a PhD research project. While it is not the most recent text available on the subject (you might want to look at Children and Material Culture for a more recent text) it certainly provided a very clear introduction to the topic as well as a wide range of associated views on the subject. I focused on the Introduction and the 1st Chapter by Appendurai himself as they cover historical ground around the research and thinking about 'things' but I dipped into the other chapters as/when they seemed appropriate. Appendurai's writing style is an easy read as are the other authors so while it delivered the overview I was needing it also made for enjoyable reading and provided some useful references for other work on the subject. Overall, the book provides a good, if slightly dated, view of the relationships between stuff/commodities and cultural values.
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