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Material Vernaculars : Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds, Hardback Book

Material Vernaculars : Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds Hardback

Edited by Jason Baird Jackson

Part of the Material Vernaculars series


The role of objects and images in everyday life are illuminated incisively in Material Vernaculars, which combines historical, ethnographic, and object-based methods across a diverse range of material and visual cultural forms.

The contributors to this volume offer revealing insights into the significance of such practices as scrapbooking, folk art produced by the elderly, the wedding coat in Osage ceremonial exchanges, temporary huts built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, and Kiowa women's traditional roles in raiding and warfare.

While emphasizing local vernacular culture, the contributors point to the ways that culture is put to social ends within larger social networks and within the stream of history.

While attending to the material world, these case studies explicate the manner in which the tangible and intangible, the material and the meaningful, are constantly entwined and co-constituted.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 210 pages, 77 Halftones, color
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Folk art
  • ISBN: 9780253022936



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