In hatboxes, pouches and bags lie the items that define us

Many people own such a shoebox, a drawer or some kind of chest in which they keep the things that are of strangely intimate value. The idea of these small spaces that contain things of high personal value is an overlooked part of Western culture. Although this kind of property is hardly ever talked about, it implies a concept of ownership that differs from the dominant idea of property: what has been known since the Enlightenment as ‘private property’. Look around, and you will hardly be able to find something that is not in some way possessed by some person or institution, even if you don’t know the exact details. It’s almost as if every object in our culture is invisibly stamped with the name of its owner.

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