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Interpreting Objects and Collections : Leicester Readers in Museum Studies - Susan Pearce

Interpreting Objects and Collections

Leicester Readers in Museum Studies

By: Susan Pearce (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th October 1994
ISBN: 9780415112895
Number Of Pages: 360

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This volume brings together for the first time the most significant papers on the interpretation of objects and collections and examines how people relate to material culture and why they collect things.

The first section of the book discusses the interpretation of objects, setting the philosophical and historical context of object interpretation. Papers are included which discuss objects variously as historical documents, functioning material, and as semiotic texts, as well as those which examine the politics of objects and the methodology of object study.

The second section, on the interpretation of collections, looks at the study of collections in their historical and conceptual context. Many topics are covered such as the study of collecting to structure individual identity, its affect on time and space and the construction of gender. There are also papers discussing collection and ideology, collection and social action and the methodology of collection study.

This unique anthology of articles and extracts will be of inestimable value to all students and professionals involved in the interpretation of objects and collections.

Series Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Interpreting Objectsp. 7
Museum Objectsp. 9
The Contextual Analysis of Symbolic Meaningsp. 12
Things Ain't What They Used to Bep. 13
Referencesp. 18
Objects as Meaning; or Narrating the Pastp. 19
Referencesp. 29
Death's Head, Cherub, Urn and Willowp. 30
Behavioural Interaction with Objectsp. 38
A View of Functionalismp. 41
Culture as a System with Subsystemsp. 44
Theoretical Archaeology: a Reactionary Viewp. 48
A View from the Bridgep. 53
Ivory for the Sea Woman: The Symbolic Attributes of a Prehistoric Technologyp. 59
Referencesp. 66
Interpreting Material Culturep. 67
Referencesp. 75
Commodities and the Politics of Valuep. 76
Why Fakes?p. 92
Cannibal Tours, Glass Boxes and the Politics of Interpretationp. 98
Referencesp. 106
Craftp. 107
Towards a Material History Methodologyp. 109
Thinking about Thingsp. 125
Mind in Matter: an Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Methodp. 133
Not Looking at Kettlesp. 139
Home Interview Questionnaire, with Coding Categories and Definitionsp. 144
Interpreting Collectionsp. 155
The Urge to Collectp. 157
The Collection: between the Visible and the Invisiblep. 160
Notes on the History of Collecting and of Museumsp. 175
Notes and Referencesp. 187
Another Past, Another Context: Exhibiting Indian Art Abroadp. 188
Collecting Reconsideredp. 193
Psychological Aspects of Art Collectingp. 205
No Two Alike: Play and Aesthetics in Collectingp. 220
Of Mice and Men: Gender Identity in Collectingp. 240
Notesp. 252
Objects of Desirep. 254
Collecting Ourselvesp. 258
The Filth in the Wayp. 269
Art Museums and the Ritual of Citizenshipp. 279
'The People's Show'p. 287
Leicester Contemporary Collecting Project's Questionnairep. 291
Beyond the Odyssey: Interpretations of Ethnographic Writing in Consumer Behaviourp. 296
Collectors and Collectingp. 317
Why They Collect: Collectors Reveal Their Motivationsp. 327
Further Readingp. 336
Indexp. 338
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ISBN: 9780415112895
ISBN-10: 0415112893
Series: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 20th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.04 x 17.53  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1