Unwrapping Christmas (Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology - Cultural Forms)

Editat de Daniel Miller
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In an age of secularization and the decline of ritual, Christmas has emerged as the most promising candidate for the first global festival, celebrated not only in the Christian West, but in many countries with either a minority or no Christian population. How is it that Christmas is not merely surviving, but actually gaining in importance?This book provides the first comparative study of the Christmas phenomenon, based on direct observation of how the festival is actually celebrated in diverse social contexts. It begins with some general theories of Christmas, including the first full English translation of "Father Christmas Executed" by Claude L´evi-Strauss, and then focuses on two controversial issues. First, the relationship between Christmas and materialism is examined and interpreted in the United States, Japan, andTrinidad. The second theme is the debate over the place of the family in Christmas celebrations; this section ranges from discussion of quarrels and tensions sparked off by the festival to a study of a deliberately anti- (or non-) nuclear family Christmas, and examines evidence from Sweden, Britain, and theInupiat of Alaska.Christmas is rapidly becoming the focus for a constellation of activities such as gift-giving, the marking of the seasons, and the celebration of extended family networks which otherwise would have seemed to be in sharp decline. This collection represents a fascinating and significant contribution to understanding how and why Christmas has developed into the global festival celebrated today.
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ISBN-13: 9780198280668
ISBN-10: 0198280661
Pagini: 250
Ilustrații: halftones
Dimensiuni: 137 x 216 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.35 kg
Editura: Clarendon Press
Colecția Clarendon Press
Seria Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology - Cultural Forms

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Vastly entertaining
Stimulating and highly readable.
The book has its delights and surprises ... and it lights the fuse of many an odd train of thought.

Notă biografică

Daniel Miller is also the author of: Ideology, Power, and Prehistory (co-ed. with C. Tilley, CUP, 1984) Artifacts as Categories (CUP, 1985) Material Culture and Mass Consumption (Blackwell, 1987) Domination and Resistance (ed. with M. Rowlands and C. Tilley, CUP, 1989)