Touching Things — Ethnological Aspects of Modern Material Culture

Korkiakangas, Pirjo; Lappi, Tiina-Riitta; Niskanen, Heli
Title: Touching Things — Ethnological Aspects of Modern Material Culture
Authors: Korkiakangas, Pirjo (Editor)
Lappi, Tiina-Riitta (Editor)
Niskanen, Heli (Editor)
Product number: 9789522220912
Product form: Paperback
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Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica, Ethnologica 11
Edition: 1. Edition, 2008
Language: English
Pages: 277
Product family: Anthropology
Studia Fennica Ethnologica
Library classification: 49 KANSATIEDE. KULTTUURIANTROPOLOGIA
National Library's descriptors: aineellinen kulttuuri, kansatiede, esineet, museoesineet, vaatteet, merkitykset, identiteetti, kulutus, elämäntapa
Material culture is something we can touch and can be touched by. It is simultaneously concrete artefacts and expression of values produced and shared by humans. But what is modern material culture like?

Material culture has always played an essential role in ethnological studies. The object of ethnological study has been the culture itself, the life reflected in things and artefacts, and the beliefs that lie behind the material. But like the definitions of subjects and concepts, the very meaning of material culture in modern ethnology is manifold and therefore needs to be considered continuously and repeatedly anew. This book discusses material culture from various viewpoints, such as museums, everyday life and consuming. The focus is on modern things from honeymoon mementos to sweaters and summer cottages.