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THE SOCIAL LIFE OF MATERIALS: STUDIES IN MATERIALS AND SOCIETY. Ed. by Adam Drazin. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. 336 pp. with 24 ills. 23 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781472592644 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 167621. Publisher's description: Materials play a central role in society. Beyond the physical and chemical properties of materials, their cultural properties have often been overlooked in anthropological studies: finished products have been perceived as 'social' yet the materials which comprise them are considered 'raw' or natural'. The Social Life of Materials proposes a new perspective in this interdisciplinary field. Diverting attention from the consumption of objects, the book looks towards the properties of materials and how these exist through many transformations in a variety of cultural contexts. Human societies have always worked with materials. However, the customs and traditions surrounding this differ according to the place, the time and the material itself. Whether or not the material is man-made, materials are defined by social intervention. Today, these constitute one of the most exciting areas of global scientific research and innovation, harboring the potential to act as key vehicles of change in the world. But this 'materials revolution' has complex social implications. Smart materials are designed to anticipate our actions and needs, yet we are increasingly unable to apprehend the composite materials which comprise new products.
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Worldwide Number: 167622
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