Material Vernaculars

Material Vernaculars

Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds
Edited by Jason Baird Jackson
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Format: Paperback 77 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02348-3
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The role of objects and images in everyday life are illuminated incisively in Material Vernaculars, which combines historical, ethnographic, and object-based methods across a diverse range of material and visual cultural forms. The contributors to this volume offer revealing insights into the significance of such practices as scrapbooking, folk art produced by the elderly, the wedding coat in Osage ceremonial exchanges, temporary huts built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, and Kiowa women's traditional roles in raiding and warfare. While emphasizing local vernacular culture, the contributors point to the ways that culture is put to social ends within larger social networks and within the stream of history. While attending to the material world, these case studies explicate the manner in which the tangible and intangible, the material and the meaningful, are constantly entwined and co-constituted.

Author Bio

Jason Baird Jackson is Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Professor of Folklore Studies in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington.


“Taken together, the essays—all of them richly illustrated with images in color—demonstrate the value of material culture studies to folkloristics.”
 — Western Folklore

Material Vernaculars’ key contribution to material culture studies is the commitment of each of its authors to foreground the visual and verbal performances and narratives necessary to connect people and objects, an approach largely absent in other studies of materiality. The volume emphasizes the multiple ways that community members use objects as vehicles for social action and expression, processes fully intertwined with social life.”
 — Journal of Anthropological Research

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Table of Contents

Material Vernaculars: An Introduction / Jason Baird Jackson
1. Searching for Home in the Ephemeral Architecture of the Sukkah / Gabrielle A. Berlinger
2. (Not) Going Public: Mediating Reception and Managing Visibility in Contemporary Scrapbook Performance / Danille Elise Christensen
3. Depictions of Women and Warfare in Kiowa Drawings from Fort Marion: Reassessing Nineteenth Century Kiowa Gender Roles / Michael Paul Jordan
4. Life-Story Objects: Folk Art and Aging in Indiana / Jon Kay
5. Chiefs, Brides, and Drum Keepers: Material Culture, Ceremonial Exchange, and Osage Community Life / Daniel C. Swan and Jim Cooley
List of Contributors

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