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Basu, Paul, ed. (2017) The Inbetweenness of Things: Materializing Mediation and Movement between Worlds. London: Bloomsbury.

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Abstract

We habitually categorize the world in binary logics of ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate’, ‘natural’ and ‘supernatural’, ‘self’ and ‘other’, ‘authentic’ and ‘inauthentic’. The Inbetweenness of Things rejects such Western classificatory traditions – which tend to categorize objects using bounded notions of period, place and purpose – and argues instead for a paradigm where objects are not one thing or another but a multiplicity of things at once. Adopting an ‘object-centred’ approach, with contributions from material culture specialists across various disciplines, the book showcases a series of objects that defy neat classification. In the process, it explores how ‘things’ mediate and travel between conceptual worlds in diverse cultural, geographic and temporal contexts, and how they embody this mediation and movement in their form. With an impressive range of international authors, each essay grounds explorations of cutting-edge theory in concrete case studies. An innovative, thought-provoking read for students and researchers in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies and art history which will transform the way readers think about objects.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
ISBN: 9781474264778
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474264792
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2016 17:21
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23330
Related URLs: http://www.bloo ... -9781474264778/ (Publisher URL)

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