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ART 333 - Art, Design and Popular Culture

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Material Culture

Your assignment for this course involves finding materials that can be used to evaluate and understand a culture through the materials of that time.

Material culture, as described by Jules Prown refers to "The underlying premise is that objects made or modified by man reflect, consciously or unconsciously, directly or indirectly, the beliefs of individuals who made, commissioned, purchased, or used them, and by extension the beliefs of the larger society to which they belonged... the subject matter of the study, material, and to its purpose, the understanding of culture."

The resources in this guide are here to help you navigate primary and secondary sources from various decades.



Prown, J. D. (1982). Mind in Matter: An Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Method. Winterhur Portfolio 17(1), 1-19.

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