Fast everyone carries in his bag, pocket or in a drawer a favorite ballpoint, a found mussel, an almost finished lipstick or a pebble, even though those objects do not have any use or value. In his essay, Andreas Gehrlach analyses through several nuanced investigations this special and intense way to own things that accompanies us in our everyday life, from primordial burial objects to the purse of Sigmund Freud‘s „Dora“. Through their uniqueness they are not only the complete opposite to the accumulating wealth of capitalism but because of their proximity to the body, they enbodies a fundamental dimension of private property: intimacy.
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Andreas Gehrlach, born in 1981, is a researcher at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft of the Humbold University in Berlin. He specializes in the study of precarious, criminal and political economies.