How do objects affect us? Do objects have agency? What are the social lives of objects? Are objects political? When do objects become redundant? How do we think about objects or even use objects to think?This groundbreaking collection presents twentieth and twenty-first century debates on objects. Comprised of classic and new writing from anthropology, art history, critical theory, cultural studies, digital media, design history, disability studies, feminism, psychoanalysis, social studies of science and technology, among others, The Reader elucidates objects in their diverse roles, dynamics and capacities.The Object Reader also includes twenty-five 'object lessons' specially commissioned for this project. These short, innovative essays are experiments in writing on objects, demonstrating the range and acuity of object studies today.Guins, Raiford is the author of 'The Object Reader' with ISBN 9780415452304 and ISBN 0415452309.