Wednesday, February 25, 2009


material culture consists of “artifacts (and other pertinent historical evidence) of the belief systems---the values, ideas, attitudes , and assumptions---of a particular community or society, usually across time (Schlereth 3). It can include “landscapes, tools, buildings, household goods, clothing, and art;” it is the communication of specific human messages through objects (McDannell 2).


McDannell, Colleen. Material Christianity; Religion and Popular Culture in America. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995.

Schlereth, Thomas J. ed. Material Culture in America. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 1999.

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