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On Collecting : An Investigation into Collecting in the European Tradition - Susan M. Pearce

On Collecting

An Investigation into Collecting in the European Tradition

Hardcover Published: 15th June 1995
ISBN: 9780415075602
Number Of Pages: 440

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About one in three people in North America and Europe collects something. Collecting is clearly an important social phenomenon and yet surprisingly little is known about how and why we collect. On Collecting explores the nature of collecting both in Europe and among people living within the European tradition and elsewhere. The way people collect tells us about their notions of themselves and others, about their relationship to objects, and helps us understand people as consumers. Susan Pearce addresses many of the important issues surrounding the practice of collecting. She considers how European collecting practice is part of an essentially European mentality, how collected objects have cultural value and how the individuals who collect them help to affect the society they live in. This book breaks new ground in its analysis of our relationship to the material world. It will be of value to museam professionals and students, cultural historians and anyone interested in the phenomenon of collecting.

List of Plates
List of figures
Collecting Processes
Collecting in Practice
Collecting Poetics
The Politics of Collecting
Collecting in the European Tradition
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ISBN: 9780415075602
ISBN-10: 0415075602
Series: Collecting Cultures
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 15th June 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.11
Edition Number: 1

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