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Anatomy of the Material Self: An Investigation of Selfhood and the Material Lifeworld

Hong, Jiyeon (2024) Anatomy of the Material Self: An Investigation of Selfhood and the Material Lifeworld. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Hong, Jiyeon

This thesis delves into the odyssey of selfhood and material life as it traverses from one cultural landscape to another. The primary objective is to investigate the relationship between identity and the evolution of selfhood, utilizing the concept of a system of symbols manifested and negotiated within my home through design and object ownership. The auto-ethnographic and self-reflexive approach dissects the anatomy of my material selfhood from my immigration in 1998 to the present day. Through an examination of my personal journey, this study utilizes personal, spatial and object anecdotes as key elements in the analytical process, aiming to encapsulate and scrutinize how one’s home and possessions function as conveyors of meaning. In this process, the research unveils the significance of my domestic world and the objects within as symbols revealing connections or intentional detachments interconnected with aspirations, affirmations and the complex processes of assimilation. By dissecting the complexities inherent in multivalent concepts of culture, contemporary taste-worlds and racialized boundaries through a transdisciplinary approach, it explores the notion of belonging with belongings, analyzing the intricacies of identity and material culture to reveal the interconnections that aim to contribute to the contemporary experience of selfhood. The research offers a viable methodology and model to interrogate and analyze how individuals negotiate and develop identity and selfhood through the symbiotic system of symbols created in their material lifeworld.

Date: 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Home, Interior, Material Culture, Identity, Possessions, Hegemony, Taste, Symbols, Belonging, Transdisciplinary, Auto-Ethnography.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 13:33
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 13:33
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4375

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