OBJECTS AS A FACTOR IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIAL REALITY

Keywords: constructing social reality; Berger and Luckmann; phenomenology; poststructuralism; simulacrum; subjectivity; commodification; objects.

Abstract

This article attempts to problematize objects in the context of changing social reality. An object is considered within the framework of the work, among other objects, as something with extension (i.e., the property of occupying a certain place in space), impenetrability, and the ability to resist external influences, which brings us to the possibility of considering an object as a subject. The problems of interaction between objects and social agents in modern society are considered. The phenomenological approach and the theory of social constructivism were chosen as the methodological basis, putting forward a thesis. The authors pay special attention to the study of the influence of the transformation of material elements on the characteristics of social space through social interaction. The authors analyze the process of adapting the operational potential of an object in the context of a game. The influence of objects on the social environment and interaction with agents is considered. The role of objects in communication and their social significance is determined. The authors define objects through three aspects: activity, discursive and spatial levels. The main focus is on studying the influence of objects on social interactions and their symbolic structures. It is argued that objects determine the boundaries of a social act and influence the process of socialization, and also gives examples of their regulatory impact on communication. The work also examines the symbolic content of objects and their influence on the nature of interaction.

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2024-03-05
How to Cite
Nekhaienko, O., Usenko, D., & Perekhodchenko, L. (2024). OBJECTS AS A FACTOR IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIAL REALITY. Scientific Journal of Polonia University, 61(6), 142-151. https://doi.org/10.23856/6118