The first encyclopedia to look at the study of material culture (objects, images, spaces technology, production, and consumption), and what it reveals about historical and contemporary life in the United States.
* Nearly 200 entries tracing the history, production, consumption, and reception of various types of goods and exploring the uses and meanings of artifacts within changing social, cultural, economic, and political contexts
* A detailed introductory essay unites each entry with a common thread
* Contributions from over 50 scholars, curators, and teachers working in the field of material culture studies today, representing cutting-edge scholarship in museums and historical societies, universities and colleges
* Illustrations include advertisements, such as a 19th-century trade card and a Singer sewing machine ad, plus photographs of a 1949 "Torpedo pedal car" and a life-size modernist-style streamlined locomotive prototype by Raymond Loewy
Number of pages: 569
Weight: 1229 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 31 mm
"[T]his is a useful addition to undergraduate libraries, especially for the bibliographies." - Choice
"Material Culture in America forms a foundation for the basic reference source in the field . . . provides material appropriate for introductory classes in the field." - Material Culture
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