LETTER OF SEMINAR 76
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

OBJECTS: BETWEEN ART AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
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Thierry Bonnot
Objects: Between Art and Social Sciences - An Interdisciplinary Essay Accompanied by some Anthropological Reflections

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           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.

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


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