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A Material Culture: Consumption and Materiality on the Coast of Precolonial East Africa

Stephanie Wynne-Jones

Abstract

A Material Culture focuses on objects in Swahili society through the elaboration of an approach that sees both people and things as caught up in webs of mutual interaction. It therefore provides both a new theoretical intervention in some of the key themes in material culture studies, including the agency of objects and the ways they were linked to social identities, through the development of the notion of a biography of practice. These theoretical discussions are explored through the archaeology of the Swahili, on the Indian Ocean coast of eastern Africa. This coast was home to a series of ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759317.001.0001

Authors

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Stephanie Wynne-Jones, author