OBJECTS: BETWEEN ART AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
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Objects: Between Art and Social Sciences - An Interdisciplinary Essay Accompanied by some Anthropological Reflections
The Laborie Museum, by François Ayrole, Editions l'Association.
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier, Milena Glicenstein and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
Thierry Bonnot exits from the strictly positivist view the social sciences hold of objects. No, he says — in the wake of other researchers who have refreshed the history of things — objects are not “witnesses” but social facts that have complex relationships with human beings as they interact in our social exchanges. In his latest work, L’attachement aux choses (2014), Bonnot mentions Daniel Miller and Fiona Parrot’s very interesting investigation of the inhabitants of London. These investigators’ conclusions run counter to received ideas: No, consumerism has not killed our attachment to things; the closer our relationships with objects, the closer, too, our relationships with other persons.