Ah, Costco. It’s hard to resist stocking up as you stroll down those abundant aisles, stacked with 20-packs of everything you’ll ever need during your busy day-to-day life. But how do all those frozen dinners, snack foods and household supplies impact the homes and lives of typical dual-income American families?
In the second installment of UCTV Prime’s original series “A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance,” we follow three UCLA social scientists inside the homes of these families as they open pantries and peer inside refrigerators to reveal consumption patterns that make American households different from any other in the world. Discover how parents feed their children, where they shop, how much they buy and how they compare to families in Europe. It’s an eye-opening look at the way so many Americans live.
Why do Americans have so much stuff? And how much is too much? At what point do the toys and objects that fill middle-class homes become overwhelming to the people who live in them?
UCTV Prime’s new series “A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance,” premiering today, tackles these questions in a most unusual way — through an anthropological lens. The 3-part mini documentary is based on the work of three UCLA social scientists who ventured inside the homes of 32 families to document and study their “stuff” and gain an understanding of how and why American families have so much of it.
We hear from the researchers, visit some of the cluttered homes and chat with one of the research subjects, who’s refreshingly honest about her family’s busy, somewhat messy lifestyle. The result is a stunning visual ethnography that reveals the material culture of dual-income, child-centered households.
Americans sure do love their stuff. And you’re probably swimming in even more of it after the gift-giving holiday season, making for an overstuffed start for the New Year.
But what does all of that clutter say about us?
The new series “A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance,” premiering January 11 on UCTV Prime, attempts to answer that question by following a team of UCLA anthropologists into the stuffed-to-capacity homes of dual income, middle-class American families in order to truly understand the food, toys, and clutter that fill them.
This fascinating three-part series offers up a whole new way to understand ourselves. Don’t miss it, Fridays on UCTV Prime through January 25. Watch the trailer now and visit the series website to learn more about the book that came out of this unusual research, “Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.”