On Collecting: An Investigation Into Collecting in the European Tradition

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Overview

On Collecting examines the nature of collecting both in Europe and among people living within the European tradition elsewhere.
Susan Pearce looks at the way we collect and what this tells us about ourselves and our society. She also explores the psychology of collecting: why do we bestow value on certain objects and how does this add meaning to our lives? Do men and women collect differently? How do we use objects to construct our identity?
This book breaks new ground in its analysis of our relationship to the material world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415075619
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Collecting Cultures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (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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