Buy Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (The MIT Press) Reprint by Sherry Turkle (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices. We tend to view objects as either mundane, workaday items – tools – or as things of beauty, say a vase or a sculpture. But for Turkle, a. Evocative Objects. Things We Think With edited by Sherry Turkle. The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, England.

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Evocative Objects edited by Sherry Turkle – review

Jan 13, Cyndie rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. This book is one of a number recently published, all of which justify themselves as providing needed voices for material objects in our culture.

Likely one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Feb 08, Phoenix rated it really liked it Shelves: Imagination allows people to make a personal connection to an object, which then continues the cultural significance of that object beyond its initial meaning. This book prompted the most wonderful book group discussion! Everything I own has an emotional value for me, which makes it hard to let go of posessions, no matter how meaningless or trivial they seem.

What does a glucometer have to say about whether or not we are cyborgs? I’d also recommend this book for writing teachers as a jumping off point for student essays. Elevating objects to this status gives me hope that we can move away from throwaway consumerism.


He went on to study the neurobiology of autism! Turkle’s introduction provides just enough background to objetcs the essays speak for themselves, however her conclusion limits the strengths of the contributions by attempting to pigeonhole their meanings in ways that the collection otherwise evades.

An interesting look at what objects that is svocative talismanic than consumeristic. Which might be true, but made for tedious and repetitive reading. Aug 18, ChromaticRat rated it liked it.

Sep 16, Linda rated it it was amazing. Aug 22, Samantha rated it it was amazing. Jan 27, Caroline rated it it was ok. Nov 23, Margaret Tjrkle rated it liked it.

Hardcoverpages. This volume’s special contribution is its focus on everyday riches: I love this book of essays for its terrific merging of science and the humanities.

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I like how this book manages to be a hybrid of theoretical insights into the importance of objects from a number of different fields and just beautifully told stories about particular things. Louise Livesey rated it liked it Jul 04, How does a train embody life transition? I just blew through this in a hurry, and I’ll definitely revisit some of these essays in more detail, but on first survey In another compilation by technology sociologist Sherry Turkle, people reflect on the way they interact with objects, yielding essays on a diverse range of subjects–embracing a cello, using piano and computer keyboards, dependence and resentment of a blood glucose monitor, building a home made radio, sensei-made karate liniment, children and stuffed animals, curating a collection of mummies, toddlers afraid of vacuum cleaners, a lost datebook, a grandmother’s rolling pin and a beloved old car.


It was given to me as a gift, and has added a level of understanding to the tiny, seemingly lifeless objects I remain connected to, when I didn’t think I needed to understand their presence any further.

Some aspects of the theory was a bit beyond me however. I didn’t read every single essay but I think I may be forgiven because this book requires gurkle to savor and digest. For example I have a scalloped bowl designed to look like a leaf of lettuce that belonged to my mother and before that my grandmother.

Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. A couple of the objects were personally evocative raincoat hood! I picked it up a week objectw.

Evocative Objects: Things We Think With

Imbued with both the pain of loss and the beauty of youth, the pin evokes This collection of essays about the meaning of objects is both provocative and meditative. I’d recommend this as a gift book for someone who is a collector or who someone like myself just likes to browse in antique and craft shops for interesting items. Most of these are quite enjoyable, the ones that stood out for me include Carole Strohecker on “Knots”, Judith Donath on her ” Ford Evocativ I was the last owner of a Ford Fairlane and can relate and Howard Gardiner on “Keyboards” I’m reading him in another book