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Overview: Material Culture

This unit encourages an understanding of cross-cultural connections through the movement of people (migration), and the diverse communities of people who have migrated (diasporas).

Introductory Lectures

Introduction to Material Culture - by Anne Gerritsen (Podcast)

Researching Global Commodities - by Anne Gerritsen (Podcast)


Introductory Readings

Maxine Berg, ‘In Pursuit of Luxury: Global Origins of British Consumer Goods’, Past and Present, 182 (2004), pp. 85-142.

Craig Clunas, ‘Modernity Global and Local: Consumption and the Rise of the West’, American Historical Review, 104, 5 (1999), pp. 1497-1511.

Anne E. McCants, ‘Exotic Goods, Popular Consumption, and the Standard of Living: Thinking about Globalization in the Early Modern World’, Journal of World History, 28, 4 (2007), pp. 433-462.

C. Dean and D. Leibsohn, 'Hybridity and its Discontents: Considering Visual Culture in Colonial Spanish America', Colonial Latin American Review, 12, 1 (2003), pp. 5-35.