Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion

Harvey, Penelope; Casella, Eleanor; Evans, Gillian; Knox, Hannah; McLean, Christine; Silva, Elizabeth; Thoburn, Nick and Woodward, Kath eds. (2013). Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion. London: Routledge.

URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/97804156788...

Abstract

Contemporary social theorists argue that our deliberations on the social need to take place through attention to practice, to object-mediated relations, to non-human agency and to the affective dimensions of human sociality. This Companion focuses on the objects and materials found at centre stage, and asks: what matters about objects?

The Routledge Companion to Objects and Materials explores the field, providing succinct summary accounts of scholarship so far, along with a wealth of new research investigating the capacity of objects to shape, unsettle and exceed human intention. Original chapters from over forty international, interdisciplinary contributors inspect an array of objects to ask what the terms of our collaborations with objects and materials are, and to consider how these become integral to how we engage with each other.

The Companion will be of interest to students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities, including in sociology, social theory, science and technology studies, history, anthropology, archaeology, gender studies, women’s studies, geography, cultural studies, politics and international relations, and philosophy.

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