n this chapter I discuss a number of artifacts that play an important role in our everyday lives, what I call the objects of our affection. These objects are imbedded in our lives and reflect, in various ways, ideas we have about these objects and how they should look, how they should function, and the role they should play in our lives. In the first chapter of Harvey Moloch’s
Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers, and Many Other Things Come to Be As They Are
, he writes (2003:1):
Where does it come from, this vast blanket of things— coffeepots and laptops, window fittings, lamps and fence finials, cars, hat pins, and hand trucks—that make up economies, mobilize desire, and so stir up controversy? The questions leads to others because nothing stands alone—to understand any one thing you have to learn how it fits into larger arrays of physical objects, social sentiments, and ways of being. In the world of goods, as in worlds of any other sort, each element in just one interdependent fragment of a larger whole.