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SOC102H1 Chapter Notes - Chapter 8: Coffee Preparation, Voluntary Association, Allen Ginsberg

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Soc 102
RS chapter 8: the bonds of things
- Allen Ginsberg tells a story about moving out of university residence then
returning to pick up last things
- When people are moving out they tend to remember their old home at the
end of their stay by paying close attention to its appearance by writing, or
photographing it
- If you do not make any real or mental snapshots is called the acceptance
of transitoriness
- In terms of allen saying good bye he jokes that objects are powerful
agents that shape us because if not why talk to them?
- Contemporary sociologists- they specialize in study of material culture
assume people engage in silent dialogues with objects
- Objects bind people, generations, and classes symbolizing the kind of
people we are or want to be and also help us remember the past
- This chapter is all about human interaction with objects
- The author of this chapter focuses on domestic artifacts –human
- Human object interaction is important in several studies called the
sociology of consumption , material cultural studies, thing
theory , and the socialness of things
- The author goes to explain self identity by symbolic interactionsism
- He does research and needs photos, interviews and also a sociologists
knowledge of history of objects and decoration – so photos are the basic
data and interpretation, interview ( helps ask about the personal meaning
of a prominent object going steadily)
- In interviews its invasive because talking about their possessions is like
talking about themselves
- Ethical problems can be minimized by concentrating on a few highly
symbolic possessions called epiphany objects or evocative objects
which interviewees think represents their taste or social bonds
- The alternative approach the researcher also likes is long interviews
documenting as many objects as possible
- Interviewees are than co-researchers –now they have the right to read the
draft versions of the study and control content before prong
- His idea is that the same objects can have different meanings deeding on
how it is used or understood by people
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