BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, “What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Arthur Asa Berger, author of an array of texts in communication, popular culture, and social theory, is back with the second edition of his popular, user-friendly guide for students who want to understand the social meanings of objects. In this… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Diane Barthel-Bouchier, “Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
For cultural and heritage institutions around the world, sustainability is the major challenge of the twenty-first century. In the first major work to analyze this critical issue, Barthel-Bouchier argues that programmatic commitments to sustainability arose both from direct environmental threats… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alberti, Jones and Pollard, eds., “Archaeology After Interpretation: Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
A new generation of archaeologists has thrown down a challenge to post-processual theory, arguing that characterizing material symbols as arbitrary overlooks the material character and significance of artifacts. This volume showcases the significant departure from previous symbolic approaches that is… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, ” Theorizing Tourism: Analyzing Iconic Destinations” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
A useful introduction to the critical study of tourism, this brief text applies semiotics and cultural theory to deal with some of our most iconic global destinations. It offers accessible analyses of 18 famous tourist locations from the Taj Mahal… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Allen and Jones, eds., “Violence and Warfare among Hunter-Gatherers” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
How did warfare originate? Was it human genetics? Social competition? The rise of complexity? Intensive study of the long-term hunter-gatherer past brings us closer to an answer. The original chapters in this volume examine cultural areas on five continents where… Read More
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