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on January 19, 2012
This is a spectacular book by the leading light of the field of material culture studies. Readable and entertaining, profound and provocative, Stuff ranges from the loftiest philosophy to the furnishings of the author's own living room (literally) and from India to the Caribbean. If you have any interest in the way you create and are created by the tangible things that surround you, this is a must-read.
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VINE VOICEon March 10, 2011
In Stuff, author Daniel Miller questions why another population should see things the same way as us. The author takes a look at the meaning of clothing for Trinidadian, Indian and Londoners. I still find it difficult to understand a culture where all is on the surface and maintaning the metaphorical 'depth' is unknown. And with just this shaking of ones accepted way of things, the author succeeds in bringing us out of our culture.
Next time you wear a saree, note if your body feels atleast 10 things about it.
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on January 30, 2015
Very insightful discussion of material culture. Spends some time in the beginning distancing itself from academic projects, which I appreciated as a non-academic. Helpful review of theoretical influences without over-indulgence. Possible to read it as a non-judgmental and even optimistic interpretation of consumer culture, which I don't encounter very often. I would recommend to anyone interested in the subject, it does an excellent job of navigating it.
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on December 22, 2014
Miller's concept of the 'humility of things' regarding the paradox of how invisible, yet how utterly powerful 'things' can be, is insightful. His book offers thorough research and meaningful examples. The stories of Trinidadians, in particular are not-to-be-missed and point out some essential truths about our own belief systems which are so smart, they are disorienting. I recommend this read!!

Dr. Tracy Brower, Author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations
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on July 18, 2014
This book is quite interesting, but very theoretical in nature. I was hoping for something slightly
more practical, as I plan on doing a research study in this area.
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on June 22, 2015
Mediocre
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on November 26, 2015
Thx
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