A151-Book one-Approaches- Chapter Two-Ways of describing objects.

  1. What categories could be used to describe an object?
    • What the object is.
    • How big is the object?
    • What is the object made of?
    • Where was it made?
    • When was it made?
    • Where was it found?
    • Where is it now?
    • What shape is the object?
    • How was the object made?
    • What colour is the object?
    • A description in prose.
    • References to any other published information about the object.
    • Dimensions.
    • A unique number to distinguish it from other items.
  2. What is an antiquarian approach?
    Can be thought of as describing or aesthetically appreciating an object - without investigating the various meanings that it has held for its makers and consumers over time.
  3. What is a functionalist approach?
    treats the object as if it needs to be explained, seeking to understand why it was made in the form it was, its function, its use and the technology behind its manufacture.
  4. What is a symbolic and structuralist approach?
    This seeks to interpret the object in its context and so understand what it tells us about the society that created and used the object.
  5. What is an etic object?
    An etic description is one made from outside a culture.
  6. What is emic?
    An emic description is one made from inside a culture?
  7. What is the difference between a quantitative and a qualitative description?
    The former measures the quantity of something and the latter the quality of something.
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A151-Book one-Approaches- Chapter Two-Ways of describing objects.
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