Author: Liz Parsons
This was a very interesting and thought provoking paper which focussed on secondhand goods, and the ways dealers create and maintain meaning to the objects that they buy and sell.
The introduction highlights that second hand goods, such as antiques, and vintage clothing for example are distant from the ‘formal marketing’ such as PR and advertising that new goods have. Because of this the dealers, are able to ‘create values’ which may or may be not be dependant on the object’s ‘cultural biography (Kopytoff 1986) and the histories of past possession.
This made me then think back to a discussion from the previous seminar where an old photo may only be of value when resold if the people in the photo and a particular history or ‘fame’.
Summary of The Storied Life of Singularized Objects: Forces of Agency and Network Transformation
Amber M Epp
Linda L Price
This was a very interesting study into understanding the role of material commodities in families and the process of how an object becomes singularized into a network and then also the period between entering the home and becoming recommodified elsewhere.