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The black box of everyday life : entanglements of stuff, affects and activities

Löfgren, Orvar LU (2014) In Cultural Analysis 13. p.77-98
Abstract
Ethnologists like to think of themselves as masters of the study of the everyday, but we still know surprising little how this mundane machinery works. Everyday life remains something of a black box, our understanding is still piecemeal and fragmented. This paper explores cohabitation and circulation of objects, affects and activities in the home - seen as a workshop where raw materials, raw feelings, previously untried movements and new routines are welded into everyday patterns. The concepts of throwntogetherness, assemblage and entanglement are used to explore such transformations and co-dependencies, often naturalised into invisibility.

The home is also discussed as moral economy with strong ideas about good and bad, duties... (More)
Ethnologists like to think of themselves as masters of the study of the everyday, but we still know surprising little how this mundane machinery works. Everyday life remains something of a black box, our understanding is still piecemeal and fragmented. This paper explores cohabitation and circulation of objects, affects and activities in the home - seen as a workshop where raw materials, raw feelings, previously untried movements and new routines are welded into everyday patterns. The concepts of throwntogetherness, assemblage and entanglement are used to explore such transformations and co-dependencies, often naturalised into invisibility.

The home is also discussed as moral economy with strong ideas about good and bad, duties and rights as well as a space colonized by ideals and consumer dreams, which often can produce guilty feelings of “not good enough”. (Less)
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moral economy, stuff, everyday life, affect, home, throwntogetherness
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13
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University of California
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  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {University of California},
  series       = {Cultural Analysis},
  title        = {The black box of everyday life : entanglements of stuff, affects and activities},
  volume       = {13},
  year         = {2014},
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