Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum

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Tim Barringer, Tom Flynn
Routledge, Dec 6, 2012 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Drawing together an international group of scholars from a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, Colonialism and the Object explores the impact of colonial contact with other cultures on the material culture of both the colonized and the imperial nation.

The book includes intensive case-studies of objects from India, Pakistan, New Zealand, China and Africa, all of which were collected by, or exhibited in, the institutions of the British Empire, and key chapters address issues of radical identity across cultural barriers, and the hybird styles of objects which can emerge when cultures meet.

Colonialism and the Object is essential reading for all those interested in post-colonial theory, museum studies, material culture and design history.


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1 Introduction
Part 1 Institution object imperialism
Part 2 Ethnography and colonial objects

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About the author (2012)

Tim Barringer is a lecturer in History of Art at the University of Birmingham, following earlier positions at Birbeck College, University of London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Tom Flynn is a freelance art historian and writer. He is currently completing a book on sculpture and the body.

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