Do “things” have agency? Within the realm of ontological studies in anthropology, particularly in archaeology, there is discussion about the life histories of things and the role they play in directing and being directed by human social action. Look around the room you find yourself in and select a thing. Describe it, and then discuss how that thing may or many not have a power to act. In what ways does it have agency? How does it participate in the ways the user or users formulate their understandings of the world? In your view, is this an effective theoretical tool? Where does it work, and how does it fall short?
Please use the readings provided to help inform your answer to the question. Write an essay that is no less than 500 words answering this prompt.
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