People | Doing | Things

Research on the Value and Transformation of Objects

In recent years material culture has been drawing more attention from science and the general public. We’re concerned about the consequences of increasing consumption, there is a growing need to conserve culture in museums, and people are wondering what kind of role things are now playing in the formation of our identity.

This book picks up on trends in this intriguing field of research and uses empirical studies to investigate relationships between people and things in various parts of the world. Although it’s about the economy, it’s also about social meanings and emotions. Yet, according to this book, the role of each different thing is not simply preordained, but develops solely through human activity.

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People | Doing | Things

October 2015

ISBN 978-3-7356-0163-6

17,00 × 23,00 cm

160 pages

75 colored and 48 b/w illustrations

Hardcover with open Thread Stitching, bound

Languages: German

Annabel Bokern, Hans Peter Hahn, Fleur Kemmers

Text by
Clarissa Agricola, Anne-Birte Binder, Annabel Bokern, Martina Caviccioli, Josué Manuel Quintana Diaz, Constanze Dupont, Hans Peter Hahn, Thomas Hahn, Lars Heinze, Elwira Marta Janus, Henrik Junius, Fleur Kemmers, Laura Picht, Elnaz Rashidian, Sebastian Schellhaas, Geraldine Schmitz, Philipp Serba, Lukas Wiggering

Design by
Mathilda Mutant/ Martina Miocevic, Frankfurt am Main

Exhibition: Menschen I Tun I Dinge, 15. Oktober — 10. Dezember 2015 IG-Farben-Haus at Campus Westend, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main