State of the Field: Material Culture

Date

2021-01-26

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Publisher

Wiley

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article surveys the state of the field of material culture within the discipline of history. The study of material culture – the myriad layers of cultural meaning embedded within objects – has been adopted by historians from colleagues in anthropology, archaeology and museum studies, and continues to thrive as an interdisciplinary field in tandem with art history and literary studies. As inventive digital and embodied methodologies within material culture begin to shape the future of the field, this article takes the opportunity to reflect upon the opportunities and impediments presented to scholars of material culture. It elucidates the diverse and often unfamiliar vernaculars of material objects, and reflects upon future directions in the study of material culture.

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open access article

Keywords

material culture, consumption, history, design history

Citation

Dyer, S. (2021) State of the Field: Material Culture. History,

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Research Institute

Institute of History