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SOC 13181-5: Meaning, Materialism, and Modern Life
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Instructor: Eugene HaltonThe seminar will explore the prehistory, rise, and trajectory of materialism, the varieties of ways materialism manifests in consciousness and consumption culture, and implications of “demateralization.” We begin with a brief look at the prehistory, and then rise, of materialisms, examining in the first couple of weeks the watershed of consciousness involved in the transition from hunter-gatherer life to that of agriculturally-based civilization, and in many ways the origins of materialism. We then move to consider the rise of modern materialism and consumption culture.