Roberta Sassatelli

Comment on Richard Swedberg/5. Material economy, embodied agents and situated commodities



Swedberg joins the growing interest for materiality in contemporary social theory showing that economic life in particular needs to be conceived, yet again, as a material process. His paper is mainly deconstructive though, and in my brief note I start from a re-appraisal of Simmel's work on material culture and draw on the scholarship on consumption in order to explore how we can address 'materiality' sociologically. I suggest that to address the economy as a 'material' phenomenon we may resort to a theory of practice which considers consumers as embodied agents and objects as situated commodities.


  • embodiment
  • consumption
  • practices
  • commodities
  • commodity circuits


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