• Doing Things With Things

Doing Things With Things

Doing Things With Things

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  • Author
    Ole Dreier
  • Publisher
    Routledge
  • Publication date
    23 May 2016

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Doing Things With Things

  • Author

    Ole Dreier

  • Date Published

    23 May 2016

  • Publisher

    Routledge

  • Pages

    256 pages

  • ISBN

    9781317148562

Book Description

It has been claimed that the natural sciences have abstracted for themselves a 'material world' set apart from human concerns, and social sciences, in their turn, constructed 'a world of actors devoid of things'. While a subject such as archaeology, by its very nature, takes objects into account, other disciplines, such as psychology, emphasize internal mental structures and other non-material issues. This book brings together a team of contributors from across the social sciences who have been taking 'things' more seriously to examine how people relate to objects. The contributors focus on every day objects and how these objects enter into our activities over the course of time. Using a combination of different theoretical approaches, including actor network theory, ecological psychology, cognitive linguistics and science and technology studies, the book argues against the standard notion of objects and their properties as inert and meaningless and argues for the need to understand the relations between people and objects in terms of process and change.

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