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Making the Modern PrimitiveCultural Tourism in the Trobriand Islands$
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Michelle MacCarthy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855604

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855604.001.0001

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Producing and Consuming Things

Producing and Consuming Things

Material Culture as Meaningful Object

(p.138) Chapter Six Producing and Consuming Things
Making the Modern Primitive

Michelle MacCarthy

University of Hawai'i Press

The focus of this chapter is on material objects and the process by which meanings associated with objects is created, transformed, and manipulated, as well as how the concepts of authenticity and tradition are invoked in constructing meaning. I explore here some of the ways in which value is construed, providing examples of how a few particular objects were conceived of and transacted at a given stage in their biography. In doing so, I examine some of the ways in which objects, especially those that end up (by design or by circumstance) as souvenirs, exemplify the social life of people who exchange things in determining how objects might be conceived of as art, artefact, and/or commodity, and the symbolic importance affixed to material objects in the touristic experience.

Keywords:   material culture, authenticity, art, artifact, commodity, value, exchange

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