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Material Culture and the Construction of Subjects

Marie-Pierre Julien and Céline Rosselin explore the issues at stake in the close physical relationship that people have with objects, proposing that this seemingly quotidian and frequently non-verbal process is a means of constructing human beings as subjects. What is at stake in material culture is not only the production of physical environments by actors but the effects of these environments in shaping people as specific kinds of social entities.

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Food for Thought: The Contributions of ‘Matière à Penser’ to the Study of Material Culture

Jean-Pierre Warnier offers us a précis on the aims of the Matière à Penser working group. The French term — ‘Matière à Penser’ — translates into ‘food for thought.’ The group has developed a cutting edge approach to studying “bodily-and-material-culture” in motion by synthesizing a variety of theories regarding the body, subjectivity, and material culture.

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