Materiality and Popular Culture: The Popular Life of Things

1st Edition

Anna Malinowska, Karolina Lebek

Routledge
Published September 1, 2016
Reference - 272 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138657809 - CAT# Y229450
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Summary

This book critically approaches contemporary meanings of materiality and discuses ways in which we understand, experience, and engage with objects through popular culture in our private, social and professional lives. Appropriating Arjun Appadurai’s famous phrase: "the social life of things", with which he inspired scholars to take material culture more seriously and, as a result, treat it as an important and revealing area of cultural studies, the book explores the relationship between material culture and popular practices, and points to the impact they have exerted on our co-existence with material worlds in the conditions of late modernity.

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