Material Culture and Consumer Society: Dependent Colonies in by Mark Staniforth

By Mark Staniforth

The institution of a shopper society in Australia has now not been a very good explored zone of educational inquiry. My pursuits lie within the strategies and meanings that underlie the fabric global; principles like, within the phrases of Madonna, "I am a fabric lady and that i reside in a cloth global" (terminology taken to be no longer gender specific), the vintage graffiti paraphrasing of Descartes: I store consequently i'm or even easily within the "world of products" within the extra academically decent phrases of Douglas and Isherwood (1979). This ebook arises out of my longstanding curiosity within the early colonial interval in Australia. partially it represents an extension of the in simple terms "historical" examine carried out for my Master's thesis within the division of heritage on the college of Sydney which explored facets of the vitamin, health and wellbeing and lived adventure of con­ victs and immigrants in the course of their voyages to the Australian colonies in the time-frame 1837 to 1839 (Staniforth, 1993a). extra importantly, it's the culmina­ tion of greater than twenty-five years involvement within the excavation of shipwreck websites in Australia beginning with James Matthews (1841) in 1974, throughout the attempt excavation of William Salthouse in 1982, carrying on with with my involvement among 1985 and 1994 within the excavation of Sydney Cove (1797) and such a lot lately with shore-based whaling stations and whaling shipwreck websites. during this recognize, this booklet can be visible for example of what Ian Hodder (1986, p.

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The evasion of customs duties). Chapter 4 will further discuss the kinds of sources that are available and more importantly will demonstrate those sources that are largely unavailable in the Australian context for an examination of the material culture aspects of the establishment of a consumer society in the early Australian colonies. Chapter 3 Capitalism, Colonialism, and Consumerism The ever-increasing circulation of new commodities and the inclusion in marketexchange circuits of every sort of goods have been important components of the reflections on what it is to be modern.

Therefore the writing of archaeology in general, and of this book in particular, can be seen as a process of construction and therefore, like any archaeological text, can be seen as a construct that can be subjected to deconstruction (see Derrida, 1977). 2+ THE ANNALES SCHOOL It is only in recent years that archaeologists have become interested in the work of a group of French historians, including Fernand Braudel, Emmanuel LeRoy Ladurie and Jacques Le Goff. , Braudel, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984; Ladurie, 1975, 1979; Stoianovich, 1976; Le Goff, 1980; Le Goff and Nora, 1985).

He goes on to suggest that research should be carried out which is designed to test some of the myths and legends that seem to be spawned by shipwreck sites. I see this as a valuable approach and this book argues that the study of the material culture being imported in the early Australian colonies, through the exploration of the meanings of these goods can provide insights into the taken-for-granted (or reified) aspects of the current Australian consumer society. Probably the single, most important work to appear in the last two decades in terms of the theoretical development of maritime archaeology was the publication of Shipwreck Anthropology in 1983 (Gould, 1983).

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