The Resource Modernity, an ethnographic approach : dualism and mass consumption in Trinidad, Daniel Miller

Modernity, an ethnographic approach : dualism and mass consumption in Trinidad, Daniel Miller

Label
Modernity, an ethnographic approach : dualism and mass consumption in Trinidad
Title
Modernity, an ethnographic approach
Title remainder
dualism and mass consumption in Trinidad
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Miller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • From cultural studies, sociology, media studies, gender studies and elsewhere there has been a spate of books recently which have attempted to characterize the state of modernity. Many of these have also argued that what is required is ethnographic work to determine how far these supposed trends actually apply to a given population. This book explicitly accepts this challenge. It starts by summarizing some debates on modernity and then argues that the Carribean island of Trinidad is particularly apt for such a study, given the origins of its population in slavery and indentured labour, both forms of extreme social rupture, and the subsequent development of creolisation, the transnational family and economic dependency
  • The particular focus of this book is on mass consumption and the way goods and imported images such as the soap opera have been used to express and develop a number of key contradictions of modernity. Trinidad also provides considerable material for qualifying and disputing many of the generalisations made in the literature of modernity and postmodernism, for example, the use of concepts such as superficiality, individualism and style
Dewey number
306/.0972983
Index
index present
LC call number
GN564.T7
LC item number
M55 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Modernity, an ethnographic approach : dualism and mass consumption in Trinidad, Daniel Miller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-333) and index
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Contents
1. Trinidad and Modernity -- 2. Modernity as a General Property -- 3. Christmas, Carnival and Temporal Consciousness -- 4. Household as Cultural Idiom -- 5. Mass Consumption -- 6. Origins and Articulations -- 7. Modernity as a Specific Condition
Control code
000010418892
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
340 p.
Isbn
9780854969173
Isbn Type
(paper)
Lccn
93023406
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.b16354400
System control number
  • rmr6507597
  • (OCoLC)28722553

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