The Socialness of Things

Author: Stephen H. Riggins

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110882469

Category: Social Science

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The Social Semiotics of Tattoos

The Socialness of Things: Essays on the SocioSemiotics of Objects. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 101–47. Riggins, Stephen Harold (2003).

Author: Chris William Martin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350056497

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Why do people put indelible marks on their bodies in an era characterized by constant cultural change? How do tattoos as semiotic resources convey meaning? What goes on behind the scenes in a tattoo studio? How do people negotiate the informal career of tattoo artist? The Social Semiotics of Tattoos is a study of tattoos and tattooing at a time when the practice is more artistic, culturally relevant, and common than ever before. By discussing shifts within the practices of tattooing over the past several decades, Martin chronicles the cultural turn in which tattooists have become known as tattoo artists, the tattoo gun turns into the tattoo machine, and standardized tattoo designs are replaced by highly expressive and unique forms of communication with a language of its own. Revealing the full range of meaning-making involved in the visual, written and spoken elements of the act, this volume frames tattoos and tattooing as powerful cultural expressions, symbols, and indexes and by doing so sheds the last hints of tattooing as a deviant practice. Based on a year of full-time ethnographic study of a tattoo studio/art gallery as well as in-depth interviews with tattoo artists and enthusiasts, The Social Semiotics of Tattoos will be of interest to academic researchers of semiotics as well as tattoo industry professional and artists.
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Material Culture in the Social World

The System of Objects is the nearest thing to a seminal text in this area . ... in The Socialness of Things : Essays on the Socio - Semiotics of Objects ...

Author: Tim Dant

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335231317

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 227

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"This should become a core text for second year courses in sociology and cultural studies... it synthesizes a vast body of literature and a complex range of debates into a text which is at once accessible, engaging and stimulating... it will lead to students seeing and thinking about the material world in a totally new light and can be used as a way into key theoretical debates." Keith Tester, Professor of Social Theory, University of PortsmouthIn what ways do we interact with material things?How do material objects affect the way we relate to each other?What are the connections between material things and social processes like fashion, discourse, art and design?Through wearing clothes, keeping furniture, responding to the ring of the telephone, noticing the signature on a painting, holding a paperweight and in many other ways, we interact with objects in our everyday lives. These are not merely functional relationships with things but are connected to the way we relate to other people and the culture of the particular society we live in - they are social relations. This engaging book draws on established theoretical work, including that of Simmel, Marx, McLuhan, Barthes and Baudrillard as well as a range of contemporary empirical work from many humanities disciplines. It uses ideas drawn from this work to explore a variety of things - from stone cairns to denim jeans, televisions to penis rings, houses to works of art - to understand something of how we live with them.
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Meaning and Its Objects

In “The Genuine Article,” Mary Douglas writes that “reflection on objects ... in The Socialness of Things: Essays on the Socio-Semiotics of Objects, ed.

Author: Margaret Burland

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300112416

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

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Gifts and Exchange Andrew Cowell Swords, Clubs and Relics: Performance, Identity and the Sacred Deborah McGrady 'Tout son païs m'abandonna': Reinventing Patronage in Machaut's Fonteinne amoureuse Margaret Burland Narrative Objects and Living Stories in Galeran de Bretagne Images and Portraits Peggy McCracken Miracles, Mimesis, and the Efficacy of Images Alexa Sand Vision and the Portrait of Jean le Bon Cynthia Brown Books in Performance: The Parisian Entry (1504) and Funeral (1514) of Anne of Brittany Ann Rosalind Jones Habits, Holdings, Heterologies: Populations in Print in a 1562 Costume Book George Hoffmann Montaigne's Nudes: The Lost Tower Paintings Rediscovered Plans and Procedures Jeff Persels Taking the Piss out of Pantagruel: Urine and Micturition in Rabelais David LaGuardia Interrogation and the Performance of Truth in the Registre Criminel du Châtelet de Paris Andrea Tarnowski Material Examples: Philippe de Mézières's Order of the Passion Michael Randall Sword and Subject in Du Haillan's Histoire de France (1576)
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Simmel and the Social

Artefacts do not only 'reflect' the social order, 'as if the “reflected” society existed somewhere else and was made of some other stuff'.

Author: O. Pyyhtinen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230289840

Category: Social Science

Page: 211

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This book argues for the centrality of Georg Simmel's social theory to the relational and processual emphases that are often considered as much more recent developments in social theory. Situating Simmel's work in particular with respect to New Vitalism and Bruno Latour's work, the book shows that Simmel has still an enormous amount to contribute.
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Learning Things

Saint John's, Newfoundland, Canada: Institute of Social and Economic Research. ... The socialness of things: Essays on the socio-semiotics of objects.

Author: Doug Blandy

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807777022

Category: Education

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Through activities, approaches, and examples, this resource highlights concrete strategies for incorporating material culture into K–16 art classrooms, as well as museum and community settings. Chapters are written by luminaries in the field and organized around various aspects of material culture, including object study, the role of technology, and multisensory art. “Learning Things is a resource abounding in lucid insights into how everyday objects impact teaching and learning in art. I am certain this book will quickly become a foundational text in our field.” —Juan Carlos Castro, chair, NAEA Research Commission “Filled with excellent examples and teaching strategies, this book brings to life the interdisciplinary stories objects hold and the ways we can use them in research and teaching.” —Deborah L. Smith-Shank, The Ohio State University “In this intimate and educative book, Doug Blandy and Paul Bolin invite us to consider how things come into appearance and take form in the uses to which they are put. If you have ever wondered how we find and lose ourselves in the things that we create, collect, or carry with us, then, this book is for you.” —Dónal O’Donoghue, The University of British Columbia
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The Sports Shoe

... The SocialLife of Things: Commodities in CulturalPerspective (Cambridge: ... ed., The Socialness of Things: Essays on the Socio-Semiotics of Objects ...

Author: Thomas Turner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474281812

Category: Design

Page: 296

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The story of the sneaker's rise from the first Victorian tennis shoes to the Nike Air Max and beyond Moving from the athletic field to the shopping mall, Thomas Turner tells a fresh story of the evolution of the sports shoe against the changing landscape of society, sport, fashion, industry, and technology. The Sports Shoe takes us on a journey from the first Victorian tennis shoes to the adidas Superstar and the innovative technologies of Nike Air Max. Featuring newly uncovered archival material and historic images showcasing key personalities, vintage marketing and common perceptions of this hugely desirable product, this book is a must-have for any sneaker collector, historian of popular culture, or anyone interested in the place of athletic footwear in our lives today.
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Doing Things with Things

The Design and Use of Everyday Objects Alan Costall, Ole Dreier ... In S. H. Riggins (Ed.), The socialness of things - Essays on the socio-semiotics of ...

Author: Alan Costall

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754646564

Category: Architecture

Page: 242

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In this book, contributors from across the social sciences focus on everyday objects and how these objects enter our activities over the course of time. Using a combination of different theoretical approaches, the book argues against the standard notion o
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Moving Women Moving Objects 400 1500

... Meaning: On the Social Analysis of Material Things,” in Materiality, ed. ... in The Socialness of Things: Essays on the Socio-Semiotics of Object, ed.

Author: Tracy Chapman Hamilton

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004399679

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 376

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The present collection forges new ground in the discussion of aristocratic and royal women, their relationships with their objects, and how they, through this material record, navigated the often-disparate spaces of Byzantium, Eastern, and Western Europe from 400 to 1500.
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The Emotional Self

The Socialness of Things: Essays on the Socio-Semiotics of Objects. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 23-62. Darwin, C. (1872) The Expression of the Emotions ...

Author: Deborah Lupton

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761956013

Category: Social Science

Page: 195

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`This addition to a growing number of texts which approach emotions and emotionality from a social constructionist perspective is well written, scholarly, accessible and interesting.... There is both breadth and depth to this work.' - Feminism and Psychology This broad-ranging and accessible book brings together social and cultural theory with original empirical research into the nature of the emotional self in contemporary western societies. The emphasis of the analysis is on the emotional self as a dynamic project that is continually shaped and reshaped via discourse, embodied sensations, memory, personal biography and interactions with others and objects. Using an interdisciplinary approa
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Reflections 50 Years of Medieval Archaeology 1957 2007 No 30

... discuss general patterns of health and lifestyle in broad social groups. ... 'thing', its 'thinginess', or more broadly to the 'socialness' of things.

Author: Roberta Gilchrist

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351551885

Category: Social Science

Page: 500

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This volume celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Society for Medieval Archaeology (established in 1957), presenting reflections on the history, development and future prospects of the discipline. The papers are drawn from a series of conferences and workshops that took place in 2007-08, in addition to a number of contributions that were commissioned especially for the volume. They range from personal commentaries on the history of the Society and the growth of the subject (see papers by David Wilson and Rosemary Cramp), to historiographical, regional and thematic overviews of major trends in the evolution and current practice of medieval archaeology. All the publications are fully refereed with the aim of publishing at the highest academic level reports on sites of national and international importance, and of encouraging the widest debate. The series’ objectives are to cover the broadest chronological and geographical range and to assemble a series of volumes which reflect the changing intellectual and technical scope of the discipline.
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Thinking Through Material Culture

“The Affordances of the Animate Environment: Social Science from the Ecological Point of ... In S. H. Riggins, ed., The Socialness of Things: Essays on the ...

Author: Carl Knappett

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812202496

Category: Social Science

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Material culture surrounds us and yet is habitually overlooked. So integral is it to our everyday lives that we take it for granted. This attitude has also afflicted the academic analysis of material culture, although this is now beginning to change, with material culture recently emerging as a topic in its own right within the social sciences. Carl Knappett seeks to contribute to this emergent field by adopting a wide-ranging interdisciplinary approach that is rooted in archaeology and integrates anthropology, sociology, art history, semiotics, psychology, and cognitive science. His thesis is that humans both act and think through material culture; ways of knowing and ways of doing are ingrained within even the most mundane of objects. This requires that we adopt a relational perspective on material artifacts and human agents, as a means of characterizing their complex interdependencies. In order to illustrate the networks of meaning that result, Knappett discusses examples ranging from prehistoric Aegean ceramics to Zande hunting nets and contemporary art. Thinking Through Material Culture argues that, although material culture forms the bedrock of archaeology, the discipline has barely begun to address how fundamental artifacts are to human cognition and perception. This idea of codependency among mind, action, and matter opens the way for a novel and dynamic approach to all of material culture, both past and present.
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Design Anthropology

Molotch H. and N. McClain (2008), “Things at Work: Informal Social-Material Mechanisms for Getting the Job Done,” Journal of Consumer Culture, 8 (1): 35–67.

Author: Alison Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474259057

Category: Design

Page: 272

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Design Anthropology brings together leading international design theorists, consultants and anthropologists to explore the changing object culture of the 21st century. Decades ago, product designers used basic market research to fine-tune their designs for consumer success. Today the design process has been radically transformed, with the user center-stage in the design process. From design ethnography to culture probing, innovative designers are employing anthropological methods to elicit the meanings rather than the mere form and function of objects. This important volume provides a fascinating exploration of the issues facing the shapers of our increasingly complex material world. The text features case studies and investigations covering a diverse range of academic disciplines. From IKEA and anti-design to erotic twenty-first-century needlework and online interior decoration, the book positions itself at the intersections of design, anthropology, material culture, architecture, and sociology.
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Victorian Fashion Accessories

Codes, Chorontypes, and Everyday Objects,” in The Socialness of Things: Essays on the Social-Semiotics of Objects, ed. Stephen Harold Riggins (New York: ...

Author: Ariel Beaujot

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9780857853196

Category: Design

Page: 192

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In Victorian England, women's accessories were always much more than incidental finishing touches to their elaborate dress. Accessories helped women to fashion their identities.Victorian Fashion Accessories explores how women's use of gloves, parasols, fans and vanity sets revealed their class, gender and colonial aspirations. The colour and fit of a pair of gloves could help a middle-class woman indicate her class aspirations.The sun filtering through a rose-colored parasol would provide a woman of a certain age with the glow of youth. The use of a fan was a socially acceptable means of attracting interest and flirting.Even the choice of vanity set on a woman's bedroom dresser reflected her complicity with colonial expansion. By paying attention to the particular details of women's accessories we discover the beliefs embedded in these artefacts and enhance our understanding of the culture at large. Beaujot's engaging prose illuminates the complex identities of the women who used accessories in the Victorian culture that created and consumed them. Victorian Fashion Accessories is essential reading for students and scholars of, history, gender studies, cultural studies, material culture and fashion studies, as well as anyone interested in the history of dress.
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The SAGE Handbook of Consumer Culture

(1994) The Socialness of Things: Essays on SocioSemiotics of Objects. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Sartre, J.-P. (1943) Being and Nothingness: A ...

Author: Olga Kravets

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781473998773

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 576

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The question of consumption emerged as a major focus of research and scholarship in the 1990s but the breadth and diversity of consumer culture has not been fully enough explored. The meanings of consumption, particularly in relation to lifestyle and identity, are of great importance to academic areas including business studies, sociology, cultural and media studies, psychology, geography and politics. The SAGE Handbook of Consumer Culture is a one-stop resource for scholars and students of consumption, where the key dimensions of consumer culture are critically discussed and articulated. The editors have organised contributions from a global and interdisciplinary team of scholars into six key sections: Part 1: Sociology of Consumption Part 2: Geographies of Consumer Culture Part 3: Consumer Culture Studies in Marketing Part 4: Consumer Culture in Media and Cultural Studies Part 5: Material Cultures of Consumption Part 6: The Politics of Consumer Culture
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An Invitation to Social Theory

Sociology which claims to show the hidden truths of social things, by disclosing what really lies 'underneath' them (eg 'Society', 'social structures', ...

Author: David Inglis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509506439

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Social theory is a crucial resource for the social sciences. It provides rich insights into how human beings think and act and how contemporary social life is constructed. But often the key ideas of social theorists are expressed in highly technical and difficult language that can hide more than it reveals. The new edition of this popular book continues to cut to the core of what social theory is about. Covering key themes from the classical thinkers onwards, including Marxism, post-structuralism, phenomenology, feminism and more, the second edition features a new chapter on Actor-Network Theory and enhanced discussion of postcolonial theory. Wide ranging in scope and coverage, the book is concise in presentation and free from jargon. Showing why social theory matters, and why it is of far-reaching social and political importance, the book is ideal for readers seeking a clear, crisp mapping of a complex but very rewarding area.
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The World of Physical Culture in Sport and Exercise

Style failure: consumption, identity and social exclusion. Journal of youth studies, ... The socialness of things: essays on the socio-semiotics of objects.

Author: Cassandra Phoenix

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317985389

Category: Art

Page: 216

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Within qualitative research in the social sciences, the last decade has witnessed a growing interest in the use of visual methods. Visual Methods in Physical Culture is the first book in the field of sport and exercise sciences dedicated to harnessing the potential of using visual methods within qualitative research. Theoretically insightful, and methodologically innovative, this book represents a landmark addition to the field of studies in sport, exercise, the body, and qualitative methods. It covers a wide range of empirical work, theories, and visual image-based research, including photography, drawing, and video. In so doing, the book deepens our understanding of physical culture. It also responds to key questions, such as what are visual methods, why might they be used, and how might they be applied in the field of sport and exercise sciences. This volume combines clarity of expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it especially appealing to students and scholars within a variety of fields, including sport sociology, sport and exercise psychology, sociology of the body, physical education, gender studies, gerontology, and qualitative inquiry. This book was published as a special issue in Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.
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Market Mediations

Semiotic Investigations on Consumers, Objects and Brands B. Heilbrunn ... Studies on Communication, Institution, and Social Interaction, Berlin, ...

Author: B. Heilbrunn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137509987

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 250

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Market Mediations offers a fresh way to look at consumption practices, design and branding issues through analysis based on the French and European intellectual tradition. To account for this vast system of objects and brands, the book draws on the generative trajectory of meaning stemming from the structural semiotics of Greimas obedience.
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Researching the Visual

Images, Objects, Contexts and Interactions in Social and Cultural Inquiry Michael ... Scott , J. ( 1991 ) A Matter of Record : Documentary Sources in Social ...

Author: Michael Emmison

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761958460

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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`The book has a solid practical feel to it, and although it deals philosophically with leading theorists such as Foucault, Goffman, Bourdieu and Hall it grounds the practice of visual research into everyday use... Weaved cleverly throughout are numerous practical exercises which draw together the theoretical concepts and give them a grounded rational element. This book is a valuable research tool and I would anticipate that many researchers will find it a worthwhile addition to their armoury' - Mental Health Care Providing a comprehensive introduction to the entire field of visual research, this book reviews the contributions of traditions as diverse as semiotics, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism and
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Beyond Aesthetics

The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Barrell, J. 1992. The Birth of Pandora and the ...

Author: Christopher Pinney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000180947

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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The anthropology of art is currently at a crossroads. Although well versed in the meaning of art in small-scale tribal societies, anthropologists are still wrestling with the question of how to interpret art in a complex, post-colonial environment. Alfred Gell recently confronted this problem in his posthumous book Art and Agency. The central thesis of his study was that art objects could be seen, not as bearers of meaning or aesthetic value, but as forms mediating social action. At a stroke, Gell provocatively dismissed many longstanding but tired questions of definition and issues of aesthetic value. His book proposed a novel perspective on the roles of art in political practice and made fresh links between analyses of style, tradition and society. Offering a new overview of the anthropology of art, this book begins where Gell left off. Presenting wide-ranging critiques of the limits of aesthetic interpretation, the workings of objects in practice, the relations between meaning and efficacy and the politics of postcolonial art, its distinguished contributors both elaborate on and dissent from the controversies of Gells important text. Subjects covered include music and the internet as well as ethnographic traditions and contemporary indigenous art. Geographically its case studies range from India to Oceania to North America and Europe.
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