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  • 1. SOCI/ANTH 441 Material Culture
    Meeting 3, September 23, 2010
  • 2. Naji/Douny
  • 3. Unpacking
    Working with text
    Did last week
    Take apart
    Decompression
  • 4. Imagined readership?
    Anglophone anthropology
    "Look, over here, we're doing interesting stuff"
    Taken seriously
    Very concrete and very abstract
    Sociological audience?
  • 5. Phenomenology
    Connection with Dant
    Much deeper
    From surface to depth
  • 6. Academic culture
    Do homework
    Publish or perish
    Collaboration
    Special issue
    European approaches
    UCL, Marseille, Paris
  • 7. Typical French approach
    Density
    Sentence construction
    "Unmaking"
    "Foucauldian" as passing reference to Foucault
  • 8. Delve in definition
    Cosmology
    Containment
    performativity
  • 9. Basic definitions
    technique
    technology
    Human action
  • 10. Anglophone practice
    Strings of citation
    Buzzwords
    Address material culture classics
  • 11. References
    Almost review article
    Case studies
  • 12. FTAT
    List of scholars
    Links between them
    History of ideas
    Research groups
    Classic texts
    Current research
  • 13. Material culture classics
    Affordances
    Sociality of
    Leroi-Gourhan
    Bourdieu'shabitus not enough space for agency and social change
    Merleau-Ponty
    Body and materiality
    Address "literature of"
    From creating and using to norms and practices
  • 14. Unmaking and Decay
    Douny on trash
    World without us
    http://www.worldwithoutus.com/
    Entropy and chaos
    Object's life cycle
  • 15. Discover blog on body perception
    Failing to appreciate doors, and other mysteries of brain space
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/09/22/failing-to-appreciate-doors-and-other-mysteries-of-brain-space/
  • 16. Sensory Approaches
    Sensory integration in anthropology
    http://neuroanthropology.net/2008/05/27/children-integrating-their-senses/
    Ashley Montagu on touch
    Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin
    occupational therapy and sensory stimulation
    Jean Ayres Sensory Integration and the Child
  • 17. CoP (Eckert)
    http://www.stanford.edu/~eckert/csofp.html
  • 18. Project
  • 19. Part I: Description of a “Thing”
  • What the “thing” is
    • Object type (Whatkind of an objectisit?)
    • 27. Sensory (Whatdoesit look/feel/smelllike?)
    • 28. Construction (Whatisit made of?)
    • 29. Function (Whatdoesit do? Whatisitused for?)
    • 30. History/genealogy/origin (Wheredidit come from?)
    • 31. Ecology/situatedness (How doesit relate to people and otherobjects?)
    • 32. Social Contexts
  • Significance
    • Anthropological/Sociological
    • 33. Is it important?
    • 34. Whoisit important for? (Individuals, groups, societies)
    • 35. Whatdoesitmean?
  • Makingsense
  • Plan
  • Description of a Thing
    Writea short descriptive history of your "thing." It is important thatthis not simplybe a standard history of invention (a "whodidwhatwhen" story). Yourhistoryshouldalsoconsider:
  • 42. A) What the "thing" is.
    Whatkind of objectisit? Whatdoesit look like? Whatdoesit do?
    Whatisitused for?
    This shouldinclude a description of:
    The history or genealogy of yourthing - an origin story; wheredidyourthing come from?
    The situatedness or familial relations of yourthing - a relationship story; how doesyourthing relate to people and otherobjects?
    Describe the social ecology of yourthing.
  • 43. B) The significance of your "thing."
    Is thisobject important? Why? Whoisit important for? Whatdoesitmean?
  • 44. C) A template for makingsense of your “thing.”
    Choose 1 or 2 articles from the course as a model for yourproject. Describe how youthinkyourstudywillconform or deviatefrom the model(s) youdescribe.
  • 45. D) How willyoustudyyour “thing”?
    Describe the resourcesyouwill use to help completeyourproject; describeprimary sources, secondary sources, researchmethodologies, etc.
  • 46. Alex and the Moka Pots
  • 47. Moka Pots
    Schnapptopic
    ThroughMyron Joshua
    Approachingobject
    Amongfavouriteobjects
    Livedwiththem
  • 48. Depictions
    • Swiss Clip
    • 49. French Clip
  • PersonalResponse
  • Part of myIdentity
  • My Moka Pots
    • “Seasoned”
    • 63. Hard to replace
    • 64. Coffee smelling
    • 65. Varied (sizes...)
  • Features
  • Composition/Construction
    • Aluminum
    • 72. Stainlesssteel versions
    • 73. “Aluminum scare”
  • Variety
  • Functioning
    • Coffee brewingmethod
    • 79. “Instructions” (put water in...)
    • 80. Internalworking (steam pressure…)
    • 81. Maintenance
    • 82. Proper “Seasoning” 
    • 83. “Sacrificial pot”
  • Espresso?
    • “Poor man’s espresso?”
    • 84. Not the right amount of pressure
    • 85. No need for baristaexperience
    • 86. Simplertechnology
    • 87. No crema
    • 88. Different taste
    • 89. Subparespresso or superior home drink
  • Brikka
    • Evolution on Moka Express design
    • 90. Top-hatwidget
    • 91. Bialetti patent
    • 92. Crema-likeemulsion
    • 93. Tastes more likeespresso
    • 94. CoffeeGeek forum
    • 95. Myron Joshua