Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Tale of Two Exhibits: Using the Five Senses in Public History Education

After deciding to return to graduate school at Temple with a focus on public history, I took a job last summer creating an educational tour program for the James Candy Company in Atlantic City.  I tried to craft a tour … Continue reading

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Natural, Material, Separated, Connected, Invented, and Real: Thinking Seriously About Things’ Attachment to People and People’s Attachment to Things

Thinking about prosthetics, which readers learn early on in the wide-ranging collection of cultural studies concerning the Prosthetic Impulse is a term that made its way into English in reference to words being attached to one another and only later … Continue reading

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Levi’s Views on Blue Jeans: An Anthropology of Comfort and A Sociology of The Ordinary

It would be impossible for a person called Levi to ignore his own position relative to Blue Jeans in an ethnography opening with a discussion of Levi Strauss patenting rivets on pants and the structuralism of Claude Levi-Strauss.  I have … Continue reading

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The Rashoman Captions

  Production- These mid-1870s quilted-satin ‘Colonial Revival’ shoes were cobbled together by hand in an era when most American footwear was machine-made.  From the 1840s shoe factories in New England, unquestioned center of Nineteenth-Century domestic textile industries , began to … Continue reading

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