About the Project
This PhD project will explore what influences people’s uses of and attitudes towards material culture, and whether/how such usages and attitudes change over time. Influences are likely to include inherited family practices, life changes such as parenthood, socio-economic circumstances, and environmental concerns. The findings of the project will i) help to contribute sociological knowledge on understanding what influences, enables or constrains people from enacting their identities through materials, and ii) provide insights into how socio-historical events, practices, markets and discourses such as rationing, upcycling, planned obsolescence, experiencing ‘lockdown’ during the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change activism affects different generations over time.
The methodology will be qualitative, using individual biographical interviews and dyadic interviews with different generations of family members.
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Newson Carey. 2017. Co-Constructed Space and The Power of Presents, Home Cultures, 14:3, 279-306, DOI: 10.1080/17406315.2018.1507795
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