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From the Publisher"Miller's moving account...is a stout defence of that pejorativenotion: 'only sentimental value.'He builds up a tapestry of thevariety of ways in which people use things to express themselvesand make meaning in their lives. The nondescript, the ordinary canbe invested with great value."
"An outstanding piece of work: a fine example of modernanthropological fieldwork, a powerful corrective to the banalnotion that materialism is synonymous with excessive individualismand, perhaps above all, an informed, sensitive, and whollysympathetic guide to the human diversity to be found through thekeyholes of our capital city."
Laurie Taylor, The Independent
"A wonderful and unusual antidote to the fear that humanity andindividuality is losing its battle with modern consumerism. In hisbook, even the most trivial product of consumerism can be renderedalmost magical by its owners."
"This book sums up how far social anthropology has progressedsince Henry Mayhew wrote about the skull shapes of costermongers inthe 19th century."
"A set of delicately drawn pen portraits of lives in a single,unnamed South London street ... this is a book quite out of theordinary. While you read these pages, this is the street where youlive."
Times Literary Supplement
"[I]t would be an injustice to Daniel Miller and to theexquisite text he has crafted to describe The Comfort ofThings as anything less than beautifully written ... Thisparticular book opens up a variety of avenues for exploration, andserves as a reminder of what sociologists can learn from such richanthropological research."
British Journal of Sociology
"This is social anthropology at its finest."
Steven Carroll, The Age
"This is the very best kind of micro-ethnography. Miller writesbetter - and with more insight and compassion - than mostnovelists. This book will profoundly change the way you look atyour friends' and neighbours' homes and possessions - and indeedyour own."
Kate Fox, Social Issues Research Centre and author ofWatching the English
"I am so impressed by Danny Miller's book. It is so keenly feltand beautifully written, it provides as deep a view of modernLondoners as early anthropologists tried to provide of residents ofmore distant and exotic zones. Miller has produced a marvelouslypersonal and creative work, provoking us to wonder at theextraordinary attachments of ordinary people. This is a great andlasting achievement."
Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College
"Through shoe leather fieldwork, human empathy, and unflinchingreadiness to discern, Daniel Miller shows the central role ofmaterial culture in contemporary urban life. An instantclassic."
Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University
"An artful antidote to continually demonised consumerism."
"A timely reminder that investing possessions with meaning isproof of humanity rather than inhumanity."
"In this remarkable book Daniel Miller provides an illuminatingportrait of people's relations to the ordinary objects thatsurround them. The result is a surprising meditation on how we allmaintain order in our daily lives."
Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University
"This book offers a bold and creative model for how we might goabout the work of theorising and abstracting, trying to tell moreor less convincing stories about the 'relationships which flowconstantly between people and things'."
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