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    Arthur Asa Berger(Author)

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Objects, artifacts, and other forms of material culture are studied in many different parts of the university. Yet, to date, there has been no introductory book that allows students to understand the basic ways in which material culture can be studied. Arthur Asa Berger, author of an array of texts in communication, popular culture, and social theory, provides a brief, user-friendly guide for students who want to learn what objects can mean. He takes the reader through half a dozen theoretical models that are commonly used to understand objects. He then describes and analyzes fifteen objects, showing how they demonstrate ideas like authenticity, globalization, and identity. Finally, Berger provides a series of exercises to allow students to do their own analyses of objects in their environment. Brief and inexpensive enough to be included as a component in courses ranging from anthropology to art history, pop culture and psychology, Berger’s introductory guide to material culture will be of use to many instructors and their students.

Objects, artifacts, and other forms of material culture are studied in many different parts of the university. Yet, to date, there has been no introductory book that allows students to understand the basic ways in which material culture can be studied. Arthur Asa Berger, author of an array of texts in communication, popular culture, and social theory, provides a brief, user-friendly guide for students learning what objects can mean. Berger provides a series of exercises at the end to allow students to do their own analyses of objects in their environment. Brief and inexpensive enough to be included as a component in courses ranging from anthropology to art history, pop culture to psychology, Berger’s introductory guide to material culture will be of use to many instructors. Arthur Asa Berger is professor emeritus in the department of broadcast communication Arts at San Francisco State University. He is author of 60 books on media, popular culture, visual culture, and writing. He has authored textbooks, scholarly works, practical manuals and a series of teaching novels for classroom use.

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Arthur Asa Berger(Author)
  • Left Coast Press (April 30, 2009)
  • English
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  • By Dane orton on August 30, 2014

    I had a good time learning about the different perspectives in this book, I refer to it on a monthly basis.

  • By Nicole on February 26, 2015

    Cheap and in good condition!

  • By Michael G on December 21, 2011

    The book is a good place to start especially if you are being introduced to material culture studies and have no idea what it is. It also offers some excellent games to teach from and a wide perspective from which to approach material culture. This is where the good ends. The book has so many typos that it almost becomes a game of finding the most blatant ones. For example, on page 70 the book suggests that Thorstien Veblen lived from 1857-2929! Speaking from anthropology I can say that the author misrepresented my field so I wouldn't be surprised if other approaches were off as well.


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