The Material Culture of Failure: When Things Do Wrong PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Timothy Carroll

The Material Culture of Failure: When Things Do Wrong

Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: May 2017
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What happens when objects behave unexpectedly or fail to do what they 'should'? Who defines failure? Is failure always bad? Rather than viewing concepts such as failure, incoherence or incompetence as antithetical to social life, this innovative new book examines the unexpected and surprising ways in which failure can lead to positive and creative results.

Combining both theoretical and ethnographic approaches to failure, The Material Culture of Failure explores how failure manifests itself and operates in a variety of contexts. The editors present ten ethnographic encounters of failure - from areas as diverse as design, textiles, religion, beauty, and physical failure - covering Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and the Arabian Gulf. Identifying common themes such as interpersonal, national and religious articulations of power and identity, the book shows some of the underlying assumptions that are revealed when materials fail, designs crumble, or things develop unexpectedly.

The first anthropological study dedicated to theorizing failure, this innovative collection offers fresh insights based on the latest scholarship. Destined to stimulate a new area of research, the book makes a vital contribution to material culture studies and related social science theory.
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The Material Culture of Failure: When Things Do Wrong PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Timothy Carroll
Bloomsbury Academic, May 2017
ISBN: 9781474289108
EAN:  9781474289108
PDF (Adobe DRM)
List Price: $64.99 eBook price: $60.99