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Biographical Objects How Things Tell the Stories of Peoples' Lives

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ISBN-10: 0415920124

ISBN-13: 9780415920124

Edition: 1998

Authors: Janet Hoskins

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In this innovative study, six women and men from Eastern Indonesia narrate their own lives by talking about their possessions--domestic objects used to construct a coherent identity through a process of identification and "self-historicizing." Janet Hoskins explores how things are given biographical significance and entangled in sexual politics, expressed in dualistic metaphors where the familiar distinctions between person and object and female and male are drawn in unfamiliar ways. Biographical Objectsis an ethnography of persons which takes the form of a study of things, showing how the object is not only a metaphor for the self but a pivot for reflexivity and introspection, a tool for…    
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/11/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.22" wide x 9.25" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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