Affective Materialism: Sentiments, Materialism, and the Developers of New Maturities in Botswana


ACLS Project Development Grants


Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies


In Botswana people are connected through both sentiments and material exchanges, which link giver and receiver for good or harm. Indeed, sentiments and things are bound together, and bind people. Managing sentiment, people, and things is part of achieving maturity. This project explores how an explosion of inexpensive material goods has shaped new ways of managing sentimental attachments and maturities. The grant will support field research in Botswana, which will enrich a book in progress.