Interpreting Objects And Collections / Edition 1

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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 Papers are included which discuss objects variously as historical documents, functioning material, and as semiotic texts, as well as those which examine the politics of objects and the methodology of object study.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
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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
1 Collecting Processes 3
2 Themes and Parameters 39
3 Archaic themes of the Long Term 57
4 Mediterranean themes 87
5 Early modernist collectors 109
6 Classic modernist collecting 122
7 Collecting in a post-modernist world 140
8 Collecting culture 150
9 Collecting ourselves 159
10 Controlling collecting 178
11 Engendering collections 197
12 Collecting relationships 223
13 Collecting in time 235
14 Collecting in space 255
15 Material identities 272
16 Political parameters 283
17 The politics of value 290
18 Collecting the Other, Within and Without 308
19 The Other Beyond and Before 327
20 Collecting the shape of things to come 352
21 Relating collective values 374
22 Vested interests 397
23 Collecting in the European Tradition 405
Bibliography 414
Index 429
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