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La Beauté du geste: Objets de la vigne et du vin en Valais

La Beauté du geste: Objets de la vigne et du vin en Valais

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  • Publisher: Infolio
  • Language: French
  • Release date: 01/2017
  • Number of pages: 235
  • Dimensions: 28 x 23 cm
  • Weight: 1500g
  • Format: hardcover
  • ISBN: 9782884743822


This book presents the general history of the material culture of the vine and wine in Valais in the context of domestic and commercial viticulture by combining a historical, technical and ethnographic approach.

It is presented as a chain of operations that goes from the planting of the vine to the consumption of wine in the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries in Valais. The objects are at the center of the discourse. They are the starting point for exploring practices. Starting from the usual concrete object to talk about the past and the present, it is to bet that the social is revealed more truly in the everyday than in the exceptional. Thus, the witnesses met throughout this book are questioned about their daily life, about simple gestures that are repeated from year to year. This book speaks of an evolution of tools in multiple shades of color, so complex is the configuration of a period, so paradoxical are human beings in their knowledge and know at each time, to be innovative, conservative and ingenious.

The author:

Mélanie Hugon-Duc, anthropologist. After a degree in Social Sciences and three years as an assistant at the University of Lausanne, she obtained various research mandates in Valais (CREPA, Association valaisanne des Musées). She has participated in the writing of several publications on the Valais and is engaged as a scientific collaborator at the Musée du Vin since 2011. She is the author of Etre vigneron en Valais (Infolio/Musée du Vin, 2014) and Ceci n'est pas une bouteille (Infolio/Musée du Vin, 2015).

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