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The case of the misplaced ponchoes: Speculations Concerning the History of Cloth in Polynesia

Thomas, Nicholas


Research in material culture studies has demonstrated that novel things can be assimilated to existing categories. This approach has implied that indigenous cultures in particular typically employ conservative strategies, in the sense that their recontextualizations of material culture aim to preserve a prior order, rather than produce a new one. This paper emphasizes instead the use of objects to create novel and distinctive values and social orders. It proceeds through discussion of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Material Culture


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