A Material Culture: Consumption and Materiality on the Coast by Stephanie Wynne-Jones

By Stephanie Wynne-Jones

a cloth tradition makes a speciality of items in Swahili society during the elaboration of an method that sees humans and issues as stuck up in webs of mutual interplay. It for this reason presents either a brand new theoretical intervention in a number of the key topics in fabric tradition reviews, together with the company of items and the methods they have been associated with social identities, during the improvement of the thought of a biography of practice.

These theoretical discussions are explored in the course of the archaeology of the Swahili, at the Indian Ocean coast of jap Africa. This coast used to be domestic to a sequence of settlements from the 7th century onwards; a few became coral-built 'stonetowns'. those precolonial cities, akin to Kilwa Kisiwani, Mombasa, and Gede, characterize a different city culture. They have been deeply concerned about maritime alternate, conducted through a various Islamic population.

This ebook means that the Swahili are a highly-significant case learn for exploration of the connection among gadgets and folks long ago, because the society was once constituted and outlined via a specific fabric atmosphere. extra, it is recommended that this dating was once subtly assorted than in different parts, and especially from western versions that dominate triumphing research. The case is made for another kind of materiality, maybe universal to the broader Indian Ocean world,
with an emphasis on redistribution and circulate instead of at the accumulation of wealth. The reader will for that reason achieve familiarity with a little-known and interesting tradition, in addition to appreciating the ways in which non-western examples can upload to our theoretical models.

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