Tracing artefact trajectories Following Chinese export porcelain

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    Abstract

    Grant McCracken has argued that 'Consumer goods have a significance that goes beyond their utilitarian character and commercial value' and that 'this significance consists largely in their ability to carry and communicate cultural meaning' (McCracken, 1988: 71). Furthermore, Arjun Appadurai has suggested that the meanings of objects 'are inscribed in their forms, their uses, their trajectories' (Appadurai, 1986: 5). This paper attempts to follow the trajectories of certain artefacts in order to look at some of the processes by which consumer goods were created, transported, bought, used and disposed of.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-18
    Number of pages6
    JournalThe Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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