Domestic Objects and the Taste Epiphany: A Resource for Consumption Methodology.

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Title Domestic Objects and the Taste Epiphany: A Resource for Consumption Methodology.
Author Woodward, Ian Stuart
Journal Name Journal of Material Culture
Editor Mike Rowlands, Christopher Pinney
Year Published 2001
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract The presentation of an aesthetic identity involves the accomplishment of a coherent, plausible narrative which links one's choices to desired characteristics of the self. As symbolic evidence of a person's taste, material culture is a vital component of a successful narrative. Via case studies of pivotal household objects, this paper uses face-to-face interview data as a way of investigating processes of aesthetic choice. Household objects are interpreted as material elements imbricated in the presentation of a socially plausible and internally consistent aesthetic self. Narrative analysis, and the concept of the epiphany-object, are proposed as useful ways of accounting for tastes in domestic material culture. Methodological questions of truth-telling and authenticity in the face-to-face context are considered, and the sociological problem of taste is scrutinized in light of ideas about social accountability and textual identity.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 6
Issue Number 2
Page from 115
Page to 136
ISSN 1359-1835
Date Accessioned 2006-07-27
Date Available 2008-02-14T08:10:29Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16679
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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