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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 study unit is an adapted extract relevant to The Open University course A151 Making sense of things: an introduction to material culture, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .