Tag Archives: Materialism

New materialisms : ontology, agency, and politics

New materialisms : ontology, agency, and politics / edited by Diana Coole and Samantha Frost.

Publisher: Durham [NC] ; Duke University Press, [2010]Description: x, 336 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0822347539; 0822347725; 9780822347538; 9780822347729.

Contents:

Introducing the new materialisms / Diana Coole and Samantha Frost — The force of materiality : a vitalist stopover on the way to a new materialism / Jane Bennett — Nondialectical materialism / Pheng Cheah — The inertia of matter and the generativity of flesh / Diana Coole — Impersonal matter / Melissa A. Orlie — Political matters : feminism, materialism, and freedom / Elizabeth Grosz — Fear and the illusion of autonomy / Samantha Frost — Materialities of experience / William E. Connolly — The politics of “life itself” and new ways of dying / Rosi Braidotti — Economies of disruption : the elusive material : what the dog doesn’t understand / Rey Chow — Orientations matter / Sara Ahmed — Simone de Beauvoir: engaging discrepant materialisms / Sonia Kruks — The materialism of historical materialism / Jason Edwards.

Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-317) and index. 

New Materialisms brings into focus and explains the significance of the innovative materialist critiques that are emerging across the social sciences and humanities. By gathering essays that exemplify the new thinking about matter and processes of materialization, this important collection shows how scholars are reworking older materialist traditions, contemporary theoretical debates, and advances in scientific knowledge to address pressing ethical and political challenges. In the introduction, Diana Coole and Samantha Frost highlight common themes among the distinctive critical projects that comprise the new materialisms. The continuities they discern include a posthumanist conception of matter as lively or exhibiting agency, and a reengagement with both the material realities of everyday life and broader geopolitical and socioeconomic structures.

Coole and Frost argue that contemporary economic, environmental, geopolitical, and technological developments demand new accounts of nature, agency, and social and political relationships; modes of inquiry that privilege consciousness and subjectivity are not adequate to the task. New materialist philosophies are needed to do justice to the complexities of twenty-first-century biopolitics and political economy, because they raise fundamental questions about the place of embodied humans in a material world and the ways that we produce, reproduce, and consume our material environment

Carnal knowledge : towards a ‘new materialism’ through the arts

Carnal knowledge : towards a ‘new materialism’ through the arts / edited by Estelle Barrett and Barbara Bolt.

Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2012.Description: xviii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781780762661.

Carnal Knowledge is an outcome of the renewed energy and interest in moving beyond the discursive construction of reality to understand the relationship between what is conceived of as reality and materiality, described as the “material turn.” It draws together established and emerging writers, whose research spans dance, music, film, fashion, design, photography, literature, painting and stereo-immersive VR, to demonstrate how art allows us to map the complex relations between nature and culture, between the body, language and knowledge. These writings are unique in the field because they represent the authors’ commitment to a new materialism through the creative arts. The questions they address include: Does the material turn in the creative arts take a different turn from continental epistemology, philosophy and the humanities? How does the agency of matter, the material nature of artistic practice and the notion of “truth to materials” affect what we understand as the “new materialism?” In engaging with these questions thebook offers perspectives on the emergence of this exciting fresh field of new materialism.

Entangled : an archaeology of the relationships between humans and things

Entangled : an archaeology of the relationships between humans and things / Ian Hodder.

Publisher: Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.Description: xi, 252 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0470672110; 0470672129; 9780470672112; 9780470672129.
Contents:

Thinking about things differently — Humans depend on things — Things depend on other things — Things depend on humans — Entanglement — Fittingness — The evolution and persistence of things — Things happen- — Tracing the threads — Conclusions.

A powerful and innovative argument that explores the complexity of the human relationship with material things, demonstrating how humans and societies are entrapped into the maintenance and sustaining of material worlds

Argues that the interrelationship of humans and things is a defining characteristic of human history and culture Offers a nuanced argument that values the physical processes of things without succumbing to materialism Discusses historical and modern examples, using evolutionary theory to show how long-standing entanglements are irreversible and increase in scale and complexity over time Integrates aspects of a diverse array of contemporary theories in archaeology and related natural and biological sciences Provides a critical review of many of the key contemporary perspectives from materiality, material culture studies and phenomenology to evolutionary theory, behavioral archaeology, cognitive archaeology, human behavioral ecology, Actor Network Theory and complexity theory