Interpreting Objects And Collections / Edition 1

Interpreting Objects And Collections / Edition 1

by Susan Pearce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415112893

ISBN-13: 9780415112895

Pub. Date: 10/20/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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Overview

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 Papers are included which discuss objects variously as historical documents, functioning material, and as semiotic texts, as well as those which examine the politics of objects and the methodology of object study.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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415112895
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/20/1994
Series:
Leicester Readers in Museum Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
List of plates
List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
1Collecting Processes3
2Themes and Parameters39
3Archaic themes of the Long Term57
4Mediterranean themes87
5Early modernist collectors109
6Classic modernist collecting122
7Collecting in a post-modernist world140
8Collecting culture150
9Collecting ourselves159
10Controlling collecting178
11Engendering collections197
12Collecting relationships223
13Collecting in time235
14Collecting in space255
15Material identities272
16Political parameters283
17The politics of value290
18Collecting the Other, Within and Without308
19The Other Beyond and Before327
20Collecting the shape of things to come352
21Relating collective values374
22Vested interests397
23Collecting in the European Tradition405
Bibliography414
Index429

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