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Surfaces [electronic resource] : a history / Joseph A. Amato.

Author/Creator:
Amato, Joseph Anthony.
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2013.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (309 p.)
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Subjects:
Environmental psychology.
Perception.
Science -- Philosophy.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Human beings are surrounded by surfaces: from our skin to faces, to the walls and streets of our homes and cities, to the images, books, and screens of our cultures and civilizations, to the natural world and what we imagine beyond. In this thought-provoking and richly textured book, Joseph A. Amato traces the human relationship with surfaces from the deep history of human evolution, which unfolded across millennia, up to the contemporary world. Fusing his work on Dust and On Foot, he shows how, in the last two centuries, our understanding, creation, control, and manipulation of surfaces has become truly revolutionary-in both scale and volume. With the sweep of grand history matched to existential concerns for the present, he suggests that we have become the surfaces we have made, mastered, and now control, invent, design, and encapsulate our lives. This deeply informed and original narrative, which joins history and anthropology and suggests new routes for epistemology and aesthetics, argues that surfaces are far more than superficial fa├žades of deep inner worlds.
Contents:
Front matter
Contents
Illustrations
Preface
Introduction. The Surface Is Where the Action Is
One. We Are Surfaces and Surfaces Are Us
Two. The Grip and Grasp of Things
Three. Walls and Homes
Four. Decoration and Representation
Five. The Eye and Hand
Six. Courts, Gardens, and Mirrors
Seven. Fresh Faces and New Interfaces
Eight. Engineering the Small, Designing the Invisible
Conclusion. Encapsulations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Figure Credits
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Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-286).
ISBN:
0-520-95443-2
OCLC:
829460255
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520954434 doi