Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life: Ethnographic Approaches

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Phillip Vannini
Peter Lang, 2009 - Social Science - 253 pages
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Focusing on the technoculture of everyday life, this book attempts to zero in on the simplicity and the habitual character of the interaction between humans and material objects, which is often assumed or taken for granted. Because objects are always meaningful in the pragmatic use to which they are directed, the material world of everyday life can be seen as a technoculture of its own - one made of behaviors as simple, and yet as significant, as using a lawnmower, or decorating one's body. In discussing the unique methodological components of the ethnography of the technoculture of everyday life, this book begins a dialogue on how we can examine - from the participants' perspective - the interconnections between social agents, their technological/material practices, their material objects or technics, and their social and material environment.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Material Culture Studies and the Sociology7 and Anthropology of
15
Translation as Material Culture
27
The Old the New
45
Fusing Myth Materiality and Meaning
59
Material Culture and Technoculture as Interaction
73
An Autoethnography
101
VideoBased Studies of the Malleable
115
Cultural Phenomenology and the Material Culture of Mobile Media
145
Ingrid Richardson and Amanda Third
157
What Gardens Mean
171
Creating Music in Everyday Life
193
Domestic Medical Sensoring
211
Microwave Ovens and the People
229
List of Contributors
245
Index
251

The Social Semiotics of Turkish
131

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About the author (2009)

Phillip Vannini is Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in communication and a Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Coauthor of Understanding Society Through Popular Music (2009), and co-editor of Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interactionism and the Sociology of the Body (2006) and Authenticity in Culture, Self, and Society (2009), Vannini has published over forty journal articles and book chapters on such topics as qualitative research methodology, material culture, the sociology of the body, technology, popular culture, and interactionist theory.