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Good intentions: Remembering through framing photographs in English homes

Drazin, A and Frohlich, D (2007) Good intentions: Remembering through framing photographs in English homes Ethnos, 72 (1). pp. 51-76.

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This paper looks at the context of materialised memories - the consumption and framing of photographs. Ethnographic work in British homes unearthed diverse ways of consuming and displaying photos. We propose that these modes of framing mirror the relationships within and surrounding the household, and locate them in short-hand time frames characteristic of the social exchanges appropriate to those relationships. Through framing, people flog their collective good intentions to conduct relationships appropriately over time, without capitulating either to the risk of over-imposing nor of neglect. As a counterpart to Gell's and Strathern's analyses of art and social efficacy, our work illustrates the capacity within British family culture to materialise intention around on efficacious social object,constructing intention as a quality of persons not objects while retaining the agent-like Properties of photographs.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Drazin, A
Frohlich, D
Date : 2007
DOI : 10.1080/00141840701219536
Uncontrolled Keywords : material culture photography remembering intention
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Ethnos 2007, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Jun 2014 09:40
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 19:18

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