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An introduction to material culture


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Why study things? Or put another way, what can we learn from objects that we can’t find out from the reading of texts? There’s no simple answer to these questions but, as we shall discover in the course of this unit, there’s no getting around the ubiquity of things.

This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course Making sense of things: an introduction to material culture (A151) [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .