Material Identities

Material Identities

Editor(s): Joanna Sofaer

Published Online: 17 MAR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405132343

Online ISBN: 9780470694091

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694091

About this Book

Material Identities examines the way that individuals use material objects as tools for projecting aspects of their identities.


  • Considers the way identity is fashioned, launched, used, and admired in the material world.
  • Contributors intervene from the disciplines of art history, anthropology, design and material culture.
  • Considers contrasting media - painting, print, sculpture, dress, coinage, architecture, furniture, luxury items, and interior design.
  • Explores the complexity of identity through the intersection notions of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, and class.
  • Reaffirms the central role of public identities and their impact on social life.

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