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

By Stephanie Wynne-Jones

a fabric tradition makes a speciality of gadgets in Swahili society in the course of the elaboration of an strategy that sees humans and issues as stuck up in webs of mutual interplay. It consequently presents either a brand new theoretical intervention in many of the key issues in fabric tradition stories, together with the service provider of gadgets and the methods they have been associated with social identities, in the course of the improvement of the concept of a biography of practice.

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

This ebook means that the Swahili are a highly-significant case examine for exploration of the connection among gadgets and other people some time past, because the society used to be constituted and outlined via a selected fabric atmosphere. additional, it's endorsed that this dating used to be subtly diversified than in different parts, and especially from western versions that dominate winning research. The case is made for an alternate type of materiality, probably universal to the broader Indian Ocean world,
with an emphasis on redistribution and movement instead of at the accumulation of wealth. The reader will as a result 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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