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Doing things with things

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Product description

Very good. Excellemnt condition except for very slight indentation at top and bottom of the spine.
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.

Item details

Author(s):
Alan Costall and Ole Dreier
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x16x2
Edition:
2006
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0754646564
ISBN-13:
9780754646563
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Ashgate
Title:
Doing Things With Things

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Very good. Excellemnt condition except for very slight indentation at top and bottom of the spine.
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.

Author(s):
Alan Costall and Ole Dreier
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x16x2
Edition:
2006
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0754646564
ISBN-13:
9780754646563
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Ashgate
Title:
Doing Things With Things

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