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Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement
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From Storeroom to Stage
Romanian Attire and the Politics of Folklore
234 pages, 21 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-103-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (December 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78920-104-8 eBook Not Yet Published
“A good book… The author’s ethnographic work brings a unique perspective on these issues.” • Adam Drazin, University College London
By examining how folk objects are mobilized in national ideologies, transmissions of personal and family memory, museological discourses, and artistic acts, From Storeroom to Stage explores the role that material culture plays in the production of value and meaning. Departing from a museum collection in London, the book traces in reverse the journey of these artefacts to the villages where they were made, as well as to other spaces. It also looks at the places where this movement of objects is halted, and the value of the artefacts is put to test.
Alexandra Urdea is a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. Her research interests include material culture, heritage and museum studies, and mobility studies.
Subject: General Anthropology Museum Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
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PART I: OBJECTS DEFINED
Introduction: Where a Collection Can Take You
Chapter 1. Framing the Object
PART II: OBJECTS KEPT
Chapter 2. Unfolding the Past: The Context of the Archives
Chapter 3. Out of the Wardrobes
PART III: OBJECTS IN PLACE
Chapter 4. Bringing It All Back Home
Chapter 5. Houses of Modernity
Chapter 6. Reconfigurations of the Public Space
PART IV: OBJECTS ON STAGE
Chapter 7. The Boundaries of Folclor
Chapter 8. Folklore Stars
Conclusion: At the End of the Journey: What Does ‘Folklore’ Do?
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