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100 1  Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. 
245 14 The meaning of things :|bdomestic symbols and the self /
       |cMihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton. 
264  1 Cambridge [England] ;|aNew York :|bCambridge University 
       Press,|c1981. 
300    xiv, 304 pages ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
500    Includes indexes. 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 290-297). 
505 0  Preface -- Part I: 1. People and things -- 2. What things 
       are for -- Part II: 3. The most cherished objects in the 
       home -- 4. Object relations and the development of the 
       self -- 5. The home as symbolic environment -- 6. 
       Characteristics of happy homes -- Part III: 7. The 
       transactions between persons and things -- 8. Signs of 
       family life -- 9. Meaning and survival -- Appendixes -- 
       Name index -- Subject index 
520    "The meaning of things is a study of the significance of 
       material possessions in contemporary urban life, and of 
       the ways people carve meaning out of their domestic 
       environment. Drawing on a survey of eighty families in 
       Chicago who were interviewed on the subject of their 
       feelings about common household objects, Mihaly 
       Csikszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton provide a 
       unique perspective on materialism, American culture, and 
       the self. They begin by reviewing what social scientists 
       and philosophers have said about the transactions between 
       people and things. In the model of 'personhood' that the 
       authors develop, goal-directed action and the cultivation 
       of meaning through signs assume central importance. They 
       then relate theoretical issues to the results of their 
       survey. An important finding is the distinction between 
       objects valued for action and those valued for 
       contemplation. The authors compare families who have warm 
       emotional attachments to their homes with those in which a
       common set of positive meanings is lacking, and interpret 
       the different patterns of involvement. They then trace the
       cultivation of meaning in case studies of four families. 
       Finally, the authors address what they describe as the 
       current crisis of environmental and material exploitation,
       and suggest that human capacities for the creation and 
       redirection of meaning offer the only hope for survival. A
       wide range of scholars - urban and family sociologists, 
       clinical, developmental and environmental psychologists, 
       cultural anthropologists and philosophers, and many 
       general readers - will find this book stimulating and 
       compelling." http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/cam022/
       81001443.html. 
650  0 Symbolism (Psychology) 
650  0 Environmental psychology. 
650  0 House furnishings|xPsychological aspects. 
650  0 Dwellings|xPsychological aspects. 
650  0 Self. 
650  0 Families. 
700 1  Halton, Eugene. 
740 0  Domestic symbols and the self. 
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