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.
Watch “Stuff — A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance (Ep. 1),” and make sure to subscribe to UCTV Prime’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss Episodes 2 and 3, premiering January 18 and 25.