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History and material culture : a student's guide to approaching alternative sources / edited by Karen Harvey.

Contributor(s): Harvey, Karen, 1971- [editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Routledge guides to using historical sources: Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, c2018Edition: Second edition.Description: xv, 262 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 centimetres.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781138928671.Subject(s): Material culture -- Research -- Methodology | History -- Research -- Methodology
Introduction: Historians, material culture and materiality / Karen Harvey -- Things that shape history : material culture and historical narratives / Giorgio Riello -- Ornament as evidence / Andrew Morrall -- Back yards and beyond : landscapes and history / Marina Moskowitz -- Draping the body and dressing the home : the material culture of textiles and clothes in the Atlantic world, c. 1500-1800 / Beverly Lemire -- Using buildings to understand social history : Britain and Ireland in the seventeenth century / Anne Laurence -- Pushed around : material culture, dispossession, and the American shopping cart / Catherine Gudis -- Repurposed objects and performance : ritual acts of healing in East Africa / Jonathan Walz -- Object biographies : from production to consumption / Karin Dannehl -- Regional identity and material culture / Helen Berry -- Objects and agency : material culture and modernity in China / Frank Dikötter -- Mundane materiality, or, Should small things still be forgotten? : material culture, micro-histories and the problem of scale / Sara Pennell -- The case of the missing footstool : reading the absent object / Glenn Adamson.
Scope and content: "Sources are the raw material of history, but whereas the written word has traditionally been seen as the principal source, historians have now recognized the value of sources beyond text. In this new edition of History and Material Culture, contributors consider a range of objects--from an eighteenth-century bed curtain to a twenty-first-century shopping trolley--which can help historians develop new interpretations and new knowledge about the past. Containing two new chapters on healing objects in East Africa and the shopping trolley in the social world, this book examines a variety of material sources from around the globe and across centuries to assess how such sources can be used to study the distant and the recent past. In a revised introduction, Karen Harvey discusses some of the principal issues raised when historians use material culture, particularly in the context of 'the material turn,' and suggests some initial steps for those new to these kinds of sources. While the sources are discussed from interdisciplinary perspectives, the emphasis of the book is on what historians stand to gain from using material culture, as well as what historians have to offer the broader study of material culture. Clearly written and accessible, this book is the ideal introduction to the opportunities and challenges of researching material culture and is essential reading for all students of historical theory and method. Karen Harvey is a Professor of History at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century : Bodies and Gender in English Erotic Culture (2004), The Kiss in History (2005) and The Little Republic : Masculinity and Domesticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2012)"--Provided by publisher.
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Previous edition published: 2009.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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