Materiality and Culture

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'Materiality' and 'culture' are among the most discussed terms in contemporary social and cultural theory. This article offers a broad introductory overview of current debates both within the discipline of anthropology and beyond and situates these briefly with reference to anthropology's and social thought's entanglements with longer-term histories of, for example, capitalism and European colonial expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
EditorsUlf Hannerz, Dominic Boyer
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Actor network theory
  • Artifacts
  • Capitalism
  • Collections
  • Colonialism
  • Culture
  • Historical materialism
  • Material world
  • Materiality
  • Museums
  • Object-oriented ontology
  • Phenomenology
  • Ritual exchange
  • Sociality

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