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Sensitive Objects

Affect and Material Culture

Sensitive Objects by Jonas Frykman
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Some objects seem especially personal and important to us – be it a quickly packed suitcase, an inherited vase, or a photograph. In Sensitive Objects the authors discuss when, how, and why particular objects appear as 'sensitive'. They do so by analyzing the objects' affective charging in the context of historically embedded practices. Sensitive Objects is a contribution to the upcoming field of 'affect research' that has so far been dominated by psychology and cultural studies, and the authors examine the potential for epistemic gain by connecting the studies of affect with the studies of material culture. The contributors, predominantly ethnologists and anthropologists, use fieldwork to examine how people project affects onto material objects and explore how objects embody or trigger affects and produce affective atmospheres.
Nordic Academic Press; December 2016
288 pages; ISBN 9789188168627
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Title: Sensitive Objects
Author: Jonas Frykman; Maja Frykman