Étiqueté : objets

Home Sweet Messy Home: Managing Symbolic Pollution by Delphine Dion, Ouidade Sabri, Valérie Guillard

Hanging up our coat, tidying our desk, classifying our books… What meanings do these mundane practices convey? Extending Mary Douglas’s work, this article investigates tidiness from the angle of symbolic pollution. Based on photo-elicitation, it shows that similarly to symbolic pollution described at a macro-social level, tidiness depends on two conditions, namely a set of classifications and the dangerous transgression of these classifications. However, at a micro-social level, individuals negotiate boundaries between classifications in order to cope with symbolic pollution. Consumers define their domestic classifications through a juxtaposition of micro-practices, which does not necessarily create a hierarchically ordered system but enables them to avoid anomalies and transgressions. Furthermore, respondents are willing to break tidiness rules on specific occasions because the danger beliefs associated with transgression are context-dependent. This analysis of tidiness gives new insights into materiality, emphasizing the cultural meaning of ordering one’s possessions.

Appel à contribution Revue Tracés (n° 28) : Matières à jouer

Ce prochain numéro de Tracés interroge le rapport entre le jeu et la notion de matérialité, prise dans une acception large qui intègre les matériaux de confection, les objets, les interfaces et infrastructures, ainsi que les dimensions corporelles indissociables du jeu. Différentes formes de jeu pourront être étudiées sous cet angle, qu’il s’agisse de jeux d’argent, de jeux de société, de jeux de plateau, de jeux de rôle ou de jeux vidéo, entre autres. Les auteurs sont invités à explorer le rôle de la matérialité dans l’activité et le cadre du jeu, dans ses dimensions industrielles, politiques, économiques ou juridiques, dans ses dimensions esthétiques ou symboliques, ou au travers des finalités “non ludiques” parfois assignées aux jeux.

Lost in things – 28/29 november 2013

Most scientific conceptualizations of material culture focus on existing orders and on rationales that motivate the usages and arrangements of objects. Here, a usage is usually seen as connected to humans’ needs and objects are understood as representatives of a certain vision of the world. Although the existence of such arrangements is undeniable, material things are much more (or sometimes less) than this. They constitute a challenge to people’s capacity to manage their environment or even to confront them with an ontological alterity. The challenge of things is related to their uncontrollable presence long after they have been disposed of or their original users have gone, continuing through to the emergence of non-functional features and of material characteristics that have been hitherto invisible or suppressed. In such moments, the initial perception of a thing as a highly valued object can be challenged and reversed with the object even becoming a source of annoyance, disturbance or threat.

Ceintre-Lutrin de cuisine

Nous inaugurons une nouvelle rubrique: le diaporama. Des images qui parlent de recyclage et de récupération. Mais des images qui parlent d’elles-mêmes… Elisabeth AnstettMore Posts

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