Among the greatest strengths of the book is the incorporation of archaeological and sociocultural case studies, [which help] to break down the artificial barriers that often divide anthropological research. I expect this book to provide an excellent primer for students and professional anthropologists who wish to employ materiality in their research but are looking for methods and approaches that will facilitate its adoption.
—Lars Fogelin, editor of Religion, Archaeology, and the Material World
This volume is a timely and much-needed addition to the materiality literature because of its insistence that politics and object agency are intimately entangled. As the editor notes, it is an unabashedly anthropocentric engagement with materiality theory. That is to say, it views materiality as an integral quality of human life, rather than something independent of it.
—Robert W. Preucel, author of Archaeological Semiotics