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date: 22 May 2019

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This article examines the material culture of children, based on ethnographic research with schoolchildren at a small public and elementary and middle school in Heartsboro, Vermont. The study challenges the notion of children’s use of MP3 players that emphasize wireless connectivity, communication at a distance, and technological expertise. It shows that children have domesticated MP3 players within a material culture already characterized by playful physical interaction and portable objects such as toys, trading cards, and dolls that can be shared, manipulated, and held close. Children’s conceptions of sound, music, and circulation were also influenced by their emphasis and interest in the materiality of the devices.

Keywords: children, material culture, music, MP3 players, materiality, sound

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