Friday, September 15, 2006

A bibliography of Things

[Updated 15.09.06 - see comments for more suggestions]

As a sort of follow-up post to my working bibliography for The Internet of Things, I thought I'd share what's in (on?) the THINGS section of my bookshelves.

James Aho. 1998. The Things of the World: A social phenomenology. Westport: Praeger.

Arjun Appadurai (ed.) 1988. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Judy Attfield. 2000. Wild Things: The material culture of everyday life. Oxford: Berg.

Jean Baudrillard. 1996. The System of Objects. London: Verso.

Pierre Bourdieu. 2002. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Bill Brown (ed.) 2004. Things. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Martha Buskirk. 2005. The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska. 2000. The Value of Things. Basel: Birkhäuser. (Amazon)

Tim Dant (ed.) 2005. Materiality and Society. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Lorraine Daston. 2004. Things That Talk: Object lessons from art and science. New York: Zone Books.

Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby. Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects. Basel: Birkhäuser.

Gay Hawkins and Stephen Muecke (eds.) 2002. Culture and waste: The creation and destruction of value. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Martin Heidegger. 1982. The Question Concerning Technology, and Other Essays. New York: Harper Perrenial.

Christina Kaier. 2005. Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Siegfried Kracauer. 1995. The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

George Lakoff. 1990. Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bruno Latour. 1993. We Have Never Been Modern. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Bruno Latour. 1999. Pandora's Hope: Essays in the Reality of Science Studies. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel. 2005. Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Michael McKeon. 2005. The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, private, and the division of knowledge. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Steven Miles and Malcolm Miles. 2004. Consuming cities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Daniel Miller (ed.) 1998. Material Cultures: Why some things matter. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Daniel Miller (ed.) 2001. Home possessions: Material culture behind closed doors. Oxford: Berg.

Daniel Miller (ed.) 2004. Materiality. Durham: Duke University Press.

Donald Norman. 1998. The Design of Everyday Things. Cambridge: MIT Press.

William Rathje and Cullen Murphy. Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press.

Brain Cantwell Smith. 1996. On the Origin of Objects. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Michael Taussig. 1983. The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America. Raleigh: University of North Carolina Press.

Michael Thompson. 1979. Rubbish Theory: The creation and destruction of value. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (out-of-print)

Christopher Tilley. 1991. Reading Material Culture: Structuralism, Hermeneutics and Post-Structuralism. London: Blackwell.

Christopher Tilley. 2000. Metaphor and Material Culture. London: Blackwell.

Peter Paul Verbeek. 2005. What Things Do: Philosophical reflections on technology, agency, and design. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Catherine de Zegher and Mark Wigley (eds.) 2001. The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant's New Babylon to Beyond. Cambridge: MIT Press.



Anonymous glen said...

awesome list!

one that jumps to mind and is one of my bookshelves is the chapter on "The Thing" in:

Grosz, E. (2001). Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space. Cambridge (MA), London, MIT Press.

Anonymous glen said...

*on* one of my bookshelves

the book hasn't gone ikea-zen and become the bookshelf quite yet

Anonymous Jean-Baptiste said...

There is "The System of Objects" of Jean Baudrillard

and also the classic Mythologies from Barthes


Anonymous anne said...


Anonymous Linda said...

Appadurai (ed.): The Social Life of Things is pretty hard to avoid

Anonymous nick knouf said...

Thanks for the bibliography!

Not to add more Latour, but I've been reading "Reassembling the Social" which has been extremely instructive in getting at what ANT is.

Also helpful for my current studies of agency and objects has been a return to "Design Noir" by Dunne and Raby.

Turkle's "Life on the Screen" and "Second Self" have also been really useful for exploring computational objects.

Blogger Stacy said...

Tilley, Keane, Kuchler, Rowlands and Spyer's shiny new collection,Handbook of Material Culture put out by Sage has a variety of essays suitable for students and scholars alike.

Blogger cameron t said...

Heidegger's essay "The Thing" is translated in Poetry Language Thought. It is actually the first of 4 lectures, the 3rd of which is "The Question Concerning Technology". Heidegger also gave a lecture course on Kant in 1935 that is translated as
What is a Thing, though a better translation of the German title is The Question concerning the Thing.

Anonymous anne said...

Thanks everyone - I've updated the list to include the books I did have on my shelves, but in other sections ;)

I'd also add Victor Buchli's edited 5-volume set Material Culture: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, which tends to dwell in institutional rather than personal libraries.

Blogger Macht said...

How about Thing Knowledge by Davis Baird?

Anonymous Gabriel said...

Things/ Les Choses by Georges Perec


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