- The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Material Culture Studies: a Reactionary View
- The Material‐Cultural Turn: Event and Effect
- Material Geographies
- Material Culture in Folklife Studies
- Material Histories
- The Materials of STS
- Material Culture and the Dance of Agency
- Fieldwork and Collecting
- Gifts and Exchange
- Art as Action, Art as Evidence
- Archaeological Assemblages and Practices of Deposition
- Technology and Material Life
- The Malice of Inanimate Objects: Material Agency
- From Identity and Material Culture to Personhood and Materiality
- Materiality and Embodiment
- Material Culture in Primates
- Cultural Landscapes
- Ecological landscapes
- Urban materialities: meaning, magnitude, friction, and outcomes
- Architecture and cultural history
- Households and ‘Home Cultures’
- Stone Tools
- The Landscape Garden as Material Culture: Lessons from France
- Built Objects
- Ceramics (As Containers)
- Magical Things: on Fetishes, Commodities, and Computers
- Afterword: <i>Fings Ain't Wot they Used t' be</i>: Thinking Through Material Thinking as Placing and Arrangement
Abstract and Keywords
Geographers' engagements with materiality over the past decade have become the topic of widespread and sometimes heated debate. A steady trickle of articles has appeared critiquing the ‘dematerialization’ and advocating the ‘rematerialization’ of social and cultural geography, and claims have been made that wider ‘materialist returns’ are under way across the discipline. In the introduction to his edited collection on materiality, anthropologist Daniel Miller discusses how ethnographers constantly encounter the contradictory juxtaposed and incommensurable in their work. This article elaborates upon the concepts of landscape, commodities, and creativity at length and with special reference to the Napoli wreck. This article also discusses the Napoli event which gives coherence to this article that the literature did not seem to possess, while also providing a vivid sense of its disparate nature. This article very skillfully uses the example of Napoli to explain everything related to culturalism.
Ian Cook is Associate Professor of Geography, Exeter University.
Divya P. Tolia‐Kelly is Lecturer in Geography at Durham University.
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