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Overview

How do common household items such as basic plastic house wares or high-tech digital cameras transform our daily lives? The Design of Everyday Life considers this question in detail, from the design of products through to their use in the home.

Drawing on interviews with consumers themselves, the authors look at how everyday objects, ranging from screwdrivers to photo management software, are used on a practical level. Closely investigating the design, production and use of mass-market goods, the authors offer new interpretations of how consumers' needs are met and manufactured. They examine the dynamic interaction of products with everyday practices. The Design of Everyday Life presents a pathbreaking analysis of the sociology of objects, illuminating the connections between design and consumption.

About the Author:
Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University

About the Author:
Matthew Watson is Lecturer at the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield

About the Author:
Martin Hand is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queen's University in Canada

About the Author:
Jack Ingram is Professor of Product Design at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UCE

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book uses the everyday artefact to break new intellectual ground for consumption studies, design analysis, and the field of material culture. Based in close empirical observation of social practice, it helps bring a new sociology of the artefact into being. It is creative, fresh, and original." —Harvey Molotch, New York University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845206833
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Series: Cultures of Consumption Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.
Matthew Watson is Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at Durham University. Jack Ingram is Professor of Product Design at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UCE. Martin Hand is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queen's University in Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
The Design of Everyday Life     1
Thinking About Things     3
Gaps, Cracks and Questions     10
The Stuff of Social Practice     12
The Structure of the Book     15
Having and Doing: The Case of the 'Restless Kitchen'     21
Explaining Kitchen Renewal     23
Modes of Restlessness     26
Missing Materials     26
Having and Doing in Balance     29
Unrealized Practices     31
The Dynamics of Having and Doing     34
Consumption and Competence: DIY Projects     41
Introducing DIY     45
Accounting for DIY     46
Doing DIY     49
Consuming Hardware     50
Distributed Competence     54
Emerging Projects     60
Product, Project and Practice     64
Reproducing Digital Photography     69
Introducing Photographic Practice     71
Going Digital     76
Doing Digital Photography     79
Taking Digital Pictures     80
Manipulating Digital Pictures     82
Organizing, Sharing and ViewingDigital Images     83
Innovations in Photographic Practice     86
The Materials of Material Culture: Plastic     93
Material Narratives     95
The Promise Requirement Cycles of Material Culture     99
Properties and Performances     101
Material-object Relations     104
The Chromatic Revolution     107
Design and Image     109
The Mass of Production and Consumption     112
The Social Life of Materials     114
Theories and Practices of Product Design     117
Positioning Design     120
Product-centred Design     125
User-centred Design     129
Practice-oriented Design     134
Redesigning Design?     135
Products, Processes and Practices     139
Connecting Conclusions     141
Implications and Directions     148
Notes     153
Bibliography     157
Index     171
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