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The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives by Michelle Yvonne Janning

Does putting your smartphone on the dinner table impact your relationships? How does where you place your TV in your home affect your family? The Stuff of Family Life takes readers inside the changing world of families through a unique examination of their stuff. From digital family photo albums to the growing popularity of man caves, author Michelle Janning looks at not only what large demographic studies say about family dynamics but also what our lives--and the stuff in them--say about how we relate to each other. The book takes readers through various phases of family life, including dating, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging, while paying attention to how our choices about our spaces and objects impact our lives. Janning has joked, Im not a social scientist who uses large national datasets to illustrate family life; Im the social scientist who asks people to examine whats in their underwear drawers to tell stories about their family life. From underwear drawers to calendars, The Stuff of Family Life offers an illuminating and entertaining look at the complexities of American families today.
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Look on Pinterest, on the front page of the newspaper, and even in our own hands as we scroll through social media feeds on our smartphones: the importance of our home objects is everywhere. I see bestselling books about how to make getting rid of our things category by category, that is preferably starting with those seven extra crates of shoes joyful. I notice how there is a whole host of professions , self-help manuals, and even TV shows dedicated to dealing with the hoarding of home stuff. I see tragic reports of lead-poisoned water coming out of kitchen sinks and into cups that children drink from. As a sociologist who dabbles in anthropology, consumer studies, science and technology studies, and art and design research, I also see some important social patterns worth investigating that stem precisely from the aforementioned things. Which families have access to clean water? Are our children and us, for that matter controlled by our objects?

Although I majored in English studies as an undergraduate, I found my sociology classes particularly interesting. As a mother and wife, I now find the topic of families especially intriguing. A board member of the Council on Contemporary Families who specializes in family and gender studies and cultural sociology, author Michelle Janning currently works as a professor of sociology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Offering an illuminating and entertaining look at the complexities of American families today, The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives examines the various phases of family life including dating, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging while paying attention to the effects of choices about spaces and objects on our lives. From underwear drawers to calendars, the book looks at the changing world of families through a unique examination of their stuff, examining not only what large demographic studies say about family dynamics but also what our lives and our stuff tells us about our relationships with each other. The book consists of nine chapters plus an epilogue. Instead, I could read little by little in my spare moments.

Does putting your phone on the dinner table impact your relationships? How does the TV placement in your home affect your family? The Stuff of Family Life.
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Add to GoodReads. The Stuff of Family Life. Does putting your smartphone on the dinner table impact your relationships? How does where you place your TV in your home affect your family? The Stuff of Family Life takes readers inside the changing world of families through a unique examination of their stuff. The book takes readers through various phases of family life, including dating, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging, while paying attention to how our choices about our spaces and objects impact our lives. Michelle Janning is professor of sociology at Whitman College.

I still remember the thrill I got years ago when I finished hanging wall shelves in my bedroom closet. She far outdoes me in terms of remodeling projects in her book she talks about nailing trim, painting a mural on a garage door, knocking down walls, using a table saw but she would at least appreciate my tackling a relatively small remodeling task. Janning is a sociologist, and scholarly research abounds in The Stuff of Family Life. Sound a bit too academic? Actually, there are a lot of fascinating tidbits here. One chapter, for instance, looks at how college freshmen make careful decisions about the items they put in their new dorm rooms.

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