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Miller, Daniel 1954-

Works: 68 works in 665 publications in 5 languages and 23,260 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Scientific advisor, Creator
Classifications: GN406, 306
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Daniel Miller
The sari by Mukulika Banerjee( Book )

21 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on experiences from villagers in Bengal to scientists in Bangalore, this book explores the beauty, adaptability and personality of India's most iconic garment. Banerjee and Miller show why the sari has survived and indeed flourished as everyday dress when most of the world has adopted western clothing. Their book presents both an intimate portrait of the lives of women in India today and an alternative way for us all to think about our relationship to the clothes we wear."--Jacket
The cell phone : an anthropology of communication by Heather A Horst( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book traces the impact of the cell phone from personal issues of loneliness and depression to the global concerns of the modern economy and the trans-national family. As the technology of social networking, the cell phone has become central to establishing and maintaining relationships in areas from religion to love. The Cell Phone presents the first detailed ethnography of the impact of this new technology through the exploration of the cell phone's role in everyday lives
A theory of shopping by Daniel Miller( Book )

34 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is about shopping for ordinary things. It is also about love and devotion manifest within families and about the nature of sacrificial ritual. Daniel Miller approaches shopping not as an end in itself but as a means to discover what people's practices, closely observed, reveal about their relationships." "The ethnographic sections of the book are based on a year's study of shopping on a street in North London. This provides the basis for a description of how shoppers develop and imagine the social relationships most important to them through the medium of selecting goods. Among the characteristics of these shopping expeditions are the concept of "the treat," and the centrality of thrift. Miller juxtaposes to his account of shopping various theories that anthropologists have brought to bear on the ritual of sacrifice, including that of the French philosopher Georges Bataille. He then integrates these elements to postulate his theory of shopping as sacrifice in terms as original and utterly engaging as the stories he tells of individual shoppers."--Jacket
Material culture and mass consumption by Daniel Miller( Book )

24 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on a range of examples from Western and developing cultures, this book offers a re-reading of the contemporary society as the product of both individual and collective identity and behaviour. Marxist interpretations of the expansion in the range and number of material goods have tended to view people as estranged from the objects they produce, while massive consumption reinforces the fragmented and individualistic nature of capitalism. In this book, the author develops a more positive theory of material culture, revealing the creative potential in the relationship between people and goods. He argues that rather than being oppressed by them, people redefine material objects to make them express themselves and their cultures. He shows that everyday objects reflect not only personal tastes and attributes, but also moral principles and social ideals
The comfort of things by Daniel Miller( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do we know about ordinary people in our towns and cities, what really matters to them and how they organize their lives? In this book, anthropologist Daniel Miller visits an ordinary street to look into 30 households and to reveal the forms by which ordinary people make sense of their lives
Material cultures : why some things matter by Daniel Miller( Book )

44 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The diversity of these essays is mediated by their common commitment to ethnography with a material focus. Against the established practice of examining objects as mirages of media or language, Material Cultures emphasizes how the study of objects not only contributes to an understanding of artifacts but is also an effective instrument for the study of social values and contradictions
Tales from Facebook by Daniel Miller( Book )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facebook is used by nearly 500 million people throughout the world. Once the preserve of youth, the largest increase in usage today is amongst the older sections of the population. This book examines how Facebook transforms the lives of particular individuals, but it also presents a general theory of Facebook as culture and considers the likely consequences of social networking in the future
Car cultures( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stuff by Daniel Miller( Book )

24 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Things make us as much as we make things. And yet, unlike the study of languages or places, there is no discipline devoted to the study of material things. This book shows why it is time to acknowledge and confront this neglect and how much we can learn from focusing our attention on stuff." "The book opens with a critique of the concept of superficiality as applied to clothing. It presents the theories that are required to understand the way we are created by material as well as social relations. It takes us inside the very private worlds of our home possessions and our processes of accommodating. It considers issues of materiality in relation to the media, as well as the implications of such an approach in relation, for example, to poverty. Finally, the book considers objects which we use to define what it is to be alive and how we use objects to cope with death." "Based on more than thirty years of research in the Caribbean, India, London and elsewhere, Stuff is nothing less than a manifesto for the study of material culture and a new way of looking at the objects that surround us and make up so much of our social and personal life."--Jacket
Unwrapping Christmas by Daniel Miller( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acknowledging consumption : a review of new studies by Daniel Miller( Book )

32 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a survey of the enormous number of writings on consumption produced over the last decade. The theorization of consumption is something which increasingly dominates economic, political and social debate - whether parent, passenger or patient, we are all "consumers". This book includes contributions from leading researchers in the field. There are chapters on consumption studies in anthropology, consumer behaviour, economics, geography, history, media studies, psychology and sociology. This is an interdisciplinary overview which provides new theories, critical analyses and the latest research on this topic.; Each subject area includes a review of the literature, a general assessment of the impact of the new work in the discipline as a whole, and ends with case studies exemplifying recent trends. It should be of use to students of consumption, students of the many disciplines covered in this book, and for anyone interested in the consumer society
Digital anthropology by Heather A Horst( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anthropology has two main tasks: to understand what it is to be human and to examine how humanity is manifested differently in the diversity of culture. These tasks have gained new impetus from the extraordinary rise of the digital. This book brings together several key anthropologists working with digital culture to demonstrate just how productive an anthropological approach to the digital has already become. Through a range of case studies from Facebook to Second Life to Google Earth, Digital Anthropology explores how human and digital can be defined in relation to one another, from avatars and disability; cultural differences in how we use social networking sites or practise religion; the practical consequences of the digital for politics, museums, design, space and development to new online world and gaming communities. The book also explores the moral universe of the digital, from new anxieties to open-source ideals. Digital Anthropology reveals how only the intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life. Combining the clarity of a textbook with an engaging style which conveys a passion for these new frontiers of enquiry, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies and sociology."--Publisher's website
Capitalism : an ethnographic approach by Daniel Miller( Book )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Internet : an ethnographic approach by Daniel Miller( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of Internet culture and consumption. From cybercafes to businesses, from middle class houses to squatters settlements, the authors have gathered material on subjects as varied as personal relations, commerce, sex and religion
Clothing as material culture by Susanne Küchler( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors demonstrate the new possibilities for both anthropology and fashion studies in treating clothing and textiles as material culture
Domination and resistance by Daniel Miller( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature of power - one of the central concerns in social science - is the main theme of this wide-ranging book. Introducing a much broader historical and geographical comparative understanding of domination and resistance than is available elsewhere, the editors and contributors offer a wealth of perspectives and case studies, arguing that such studies have reached a key stage. Developments in the characterization of dominance associated with the writings of Marx, Althusser, Foucault and others have been integrated with a recent emphasis on the 'excavation' of hidden, or previously underemphasized, forms of social action which, as 'resistance', are more than just a symptom of oppression. Contributors from many disciplines illustrate the application of these ideas to issues as diverse as ritualized space, the nature of hierarchy in non-capitalist contexts and the production of archaeological discourse.; Drawing on considerable experience in promoting interaction between archaeology and other disciplines concerned with ideology, power and social transformation, the editors have brought together a stimulating book that will be of widespread interest amongst students of archaeology, ancient history, sociology, anthropology and human geography. Archaeologists in particular will welcome the innovative coverage of key new ideas from the social sciences; for other readers, the book provides a substantial comparative and global context for the development of these ideas. Senake Bandarananayake, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; Barbara Bender, UCL; Elizabeth M
Shopping, place, and identity by Daniel Miller( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting a study of shopping, the life of shopping centres and the nature of shoppers, this book offers an understanding of the significance of place and the construction of identity
Blue jeans : the art of the ordinary by Daniel Miller( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fresh and accessible ethnography offers a new vision of how society might cohere, in the face of on-going global displacement, dislocation, and migration. Drawing from intensive field work in a highly diverse North London neighborhood, Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward focus on an everyday item-blue jeans-to learn what one simple article of clothing can tell us about our individual and social lives and challenging, by extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of "the normative." Miller and Woodward argue that blue jeans do not always represent social and cultural difference, from gender and wealth, to style and circumstance. Instead they find that jeans allow individuals to inhabit what the authors term "the ordinary." Miller and Woodward demonstrate that the emphasis on becoming ordinary is important for immigrants and the population of North London more generally, and they call into question foundational principles behind anthropology, sociology and philosophy
Home possessions : material culture behind closed doors by Daniel Miller( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropology and the individual : a material culture perspective by Dan Miller( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study demonstrates how methods of social analysis can be applied to the individual, while remaining entirely distinct from psychology and other perspectives on the person. Contributors have drawn on approaches from material culture to create analytical portraits of individuals
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The sari
Alternative Names
Miller, D. 1954-

Miller, D. (Daniel), 1954-

Дэниэл Миллер

English (390)

German (13)

Spanish (5)

Italian (2)

Chinese (1)

The cell phone : an anthropology of communicationA theory of shoppingMaterial culture and mass consumptionThe comfort of thingsMaterial cultures : why some things matterTales from FacebookCar culturesStuff