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Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement
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Moving Subjects, Moving Objects
Transnationalism, Cultural Production and Emotions
Edited by Maruška Svašek
296 pages, 45 illus. & tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-0-85745-323-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2012)
ISBN 978-1-78238-512-7 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (April 2014)
eISBN 978-0-85745-324-2 eBook
“The editor has assembled a welcoming rage of case studies that go beyond the European locale to include Africa, North America, Asia and the Caribbean. The book spans an unexpected scope of fine-grained ethnographies that put the diasporic, social and emotional agency of material culture at the centre of analysis.” · Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
In recent years an increasing number of scholars have incorporated a focus on emotions in their theories of material culture, transnationalism and globalization, and this book aims to contribute to this field of inquiry. It examines how ‘emotions’ can be theorized, and serves as a useful analytical tool for understanding the interrelated mobility of humans, objects and images. Ethnographically rich, and theoretically grounded case studies offer new perspectives on the relations between migration, material culture and emotions. While some chapters address the many different ways in which migrants and migrant artists express their emotions through objects and images in transnational contexts, other chapters focus on how particular works of art, everyday objects and artefacts can evoke feelings specific to particular migrant groups and communities. Case studies also analyse how artists, academics and policy makers can stimulate positive interaction between migrants and non-migrant communities.
Maruška Svašek is Reader in the School of History and Anthropology, Queens University, Belfast. Her main research interests are emotional dynamics, migration and art and artefacts. Recent publications include Human Mobility and Emotions: Ethnographies of Movement (ed., 2012), Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production (2007) Postsocialism: Politics and Emotions in Central and Eastern Europe (2006).