Christopher B. Steiner

The Empire of ThingsSAR Press PublicationThe Empire of Things: Regimes of Value and Material CultureRepresenting a new wave of thinking about material culture studies-a topic long overdue for reevaluation-the essays in this volume take a fresh look at the relationship between material culture and exchange theory and illuminate the changing patterns of cultural flow in an increasingly global economy and the cultural differences registered in “regimes of value.”
1996, November 3–7
Advanced SeminarMaterial Culture: Habitats and ValuesParticipants from the U.S., England, and Australia discussed recent research in several intersecting arenas of material culture: exchange theory, the movement of objects in a cultural hierarchy from things to fine art, and the circulation of objects between cultures.
National Endowment for the Humanities Resident ScholarGraven Images: Idols and Ideals in the Visual Representation of `Primitive' Society

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