History and Material Culture: A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources by Karen HarveyHistory and Material Culture: A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources by Karen Harvey

History and Material Culture: A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

EditorKaren Harvey

Paperback | April 1, 2009

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Sources are the raw material of history, but where the written word has traditionally been seen as the principal source, today historians are increasingly recognizing the value of sources beyond text. InHistory and Material Culture, Karen Harvey embarks upon a discussion about material culture ¿ considering objects, often those found surrounding us in day to day life, as sources, which can help historians develop new interpretations and new knowledge about the past.

Across ten chapters, different historians look at a variety of material sources from around the globe and across centuries to assess how such sources can be used to study history. While the sources are discussed from ¿interdisciplinary¿ perspectives, each contributor examines how material culture can be approached from an historical viewpoint, and each chapter addresses its theme or approach in a way accessible to readers without expertise in the area.

In her introduction, Karen Harvey discusses some of the key issues raised when historians use material culture, and suggests some basic steps for those new to these kinds of sources. Opening up the discipline of history to new approaches, and introducing those working in other disciplines to historical approaches, this book is the ideal introduction to the opportunities and challenges of researching material culture.

Title:History and Material Culture: A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative SourcesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 0.4 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041545932X

ISBN - 13:9780415459327


Table of Contents

Introduction: History and Material CultureKaren Harvey 2. Practical Matters: Material Culture and Historical ResearchKaren Harvey 3. Object Biographies: From Production to ConsumptionKarin Dannehl 4. Using Buildings in Social HistoryAnne Laurence 5. Style and Ornament as EvidenceAndrew Morrall 6. Draping the Body and Dressing the Home: Exploring the Material Culture of Textiles and ClothingBeverly Lemire 7. High Design and Regional CulturesHelen Berry 8. Mundane Materiality, or, Should Small Things Still be Forgotten? Material Culture, Microhistories and the Problem of ScaleSara Pennell 9. Things and Historical NarrativesGiorgio Reillo 10. Objects and AgencyAngela McShane and Glenn Adamson

Editorial Reviews

'This collection of essays by eleven leading historians ... offers a wealth of new insights into the burgeoning field of material culture studies.' ¿ Ann E. McCleary, University of West Georgia, USA

'...a volume that appeals to both students and professionals for its accessibility and sophistication." ¿ Hadley Kruczek-Aaron, State University of New York at Potsdam, USA