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Thinking Allowed - Paraphernalia

Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2011

In this week's round-up on thinking on social science matters, we hear about why everyday objects can take on enormous significance.

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Some everyday things - keys, combs, glasses - have the ability to enchant or absorb. Laurie Taylor talks to Steven Connor about why paraphernalia can have an almost magical power.

And Ruth Levitas is in the studio to explore why sociologists have lost HG Wells' - yes, that HG Wells - passion for utopias.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is a co-production between the BBC and The Open University. You can hear it on BBC Radio 4 at 4pm on Wednesday 15th June, 2011 and again at a quarter past midnight on Monday morning, 20th June. Further broadcast details, podcast and listen again links are at

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