Consumption, material culture and museum education

The main aim of the course is to introduce students to the concept of consumption in anthropology. Consumption studies have shown that the material world is not static and fixed.  Instead, objects have their value and their histories and so the material world is part and parcel of any given society. To consume certain goods is a choice, a political act subject to several historical, economic and social conditions and norms. Thus consumption creates and recreates everyday politics. The course deals with various aspects of consumption and uses several ethnographic examples. Food, art, senses and emotions are some of the topics that reveal that consumption and consuming lifestyles are meaningful social patterns. Museums and museum objects will also be assessed as loci of past and present representation and as ways to consume the past and the present and to imagine the future.

Band: 
Compulsory Elective Ethnology
Subject: 
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Semester: 
Winter
Instructor: 
ECTS: 
4.50
Code: 
55ΥΕΕ15
Academic year: 

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