The meaning of things is a study of the significance of material possessions in contemporary urban life, and of the ways people carve meaning out of their domestic environment. Drawing on a survey of eighty families in Chicago who were interviewed on the subject of their feelings about common household objects, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton provide a unique perspective on materialism, American culture, and the self. They begin by reviewing what social scientists and philosophers have said about the transactions between people and things. In the model of 'personhood' that the authors develop, goal-directed action and the cultivation of meaning through signs assume central importance. They then relate theoretical issues to the results of their survey. An important finding is the distinction between objects valued for action and those valued for contemplation. The authors compare families who have warm emotional attachments to their homes with those in which a common set of positive meanings is lacking, and interpret the different patterns of involvement. They then trace the cultivation of meaning in case studies of four families. Finally, the authors address what they describe as the current crisis of environmental and material exploitation, and suggest that human capacities for the creation and redirection of meaning offer the only hope for survival. A wide range of scholars - urban and family sociologists, clinical, developmental and environmental psychologists, cultural anthropologists and philosophers, and many general readers - will find this book stimulating and compelling.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
This is a study of the significance of material possessions in contemporary urban life, and of the ways people carve meaning out of their domestic environment.About the Author:
Eugene Halton is Professor of Sociology and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to being coauthor of The Meaning of Things, he is author of Bereft of Reason (1995, 1997), Meaning and Modernity (1986), and a forthcoming book on American culture.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2831841117
Book Description Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover in good condition. Dust jacket is scored and marked. Jacket spine is faded. Jacket leading corners, edges and spine ends are worn and slightly creased. Sticker marks on jacket front flap. Hardcover spine ends are a little bumped. Page block is marked. Pencil marginalia on early pages. Binding is intact, contents are clear. AM. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 439080
Book Description Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG-. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First Edition. 304 pages in good condition except for some minor highlighting and ink notations on a few pages. Previous owner's name on ffep. Black hardcovers with gilt titles. Light wear on corners. Red, illustrated DJ with grey titles. Spine faded, small tears and chips on the corners and edges. VG-/GOOD+. Bookseller Inventory # 211971
Book Description Cambridge, 1981. Groß 8°. O. Leinen. EA. 304 S. Gestempeltes Bibliotheksexemplar mit aufgeklebter Rückensignatur. 40366 0521239192 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 750. Bookseller Inventory # 54034