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Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things
     

Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things

by Kevin M. Moist, David Banash
 

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ISBN-10: 0810891131

ISBN-13: 9780810891135

Pub. Date: 05/16/2013

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

While the importance of collections has been evident in the sciences and humanities for several centuries, the social and cultural significance of collecting practices is now receiving serious attention as well. As reflected in programs like Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers, and websites such as eBay, collecting has had a consistent and growing presence in

Overview

While the importance of collections has been evident in the sciences and humanities for several centuries, the social and cultural significance of collecting practices is now receiving serious attention as well. As reflected in programs like Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers, and websites such as eBay, collecting has had a consistent and growing presence in popular culture. In tandem with popular collecting, institutions are responding to changes in the collecting environment, as library catalogs go online and museums use new technologies to help generate attendance for their exhibits.

In Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things, Kevin M. Moist and David Banash have assembled several essays that examine collecting practices on both a personal and professional level. These essays situate collectors and collections in a contemporary context and also show how our changing world finds new meaning in the legacy of older collections. Arranged by such themes as “Collecting in a Virtual World,” “Changing Relationships with Things,” “Collecting and Identity—Personal and Political,” and “Collecting Practices and Cultural Hierarchies,” these essays help illuminate the role of objects in our lives.

Covering a breadth of interdisciplinary perspectives and subjects—from PEZ candy dispensers and trading cards to sports memorabilia and music—Contemporary Collecting will be of interest to scholars of cultural studies, anthropology, popular culture studies, sociology, art history, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810891135
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/16/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part 1 Collecting in a Virtual World
1. Marcus Boon, “Meditations in an Emergency: On the Apparent Destruction of My mp3 Collection”
2. Matthew James Vechinski, “Collecting, Curating, and the Magic Circle of Ownership in a Postmaterial Culture”
3. Phillip Hutchison, “Searching for Cap’n Ernie’s Treasure Chest:
Collecting and Sharing the Lost History of Live Local Television Genres”
Part 2 Changing Relationships with Things
4. David Banash, “Virtual Life and the Value of Objects: Nostalgia, Distinction, and Collecting in the Twenty-First Century”
5. Daniel DeChaine, “Memory, Desire, and the “Good Collector” in PEZhead Culture”
6. William Davies King, “Suited for Nothing: Collecting Second Hand”
7. Stanley Cavell, “The World As Things: Collecting Thoughts On Collecting”
Part 3 Collecting and Identity, Personal and Political
8. Stephen A. Andon, “From the Attic to the Mallpark: A Collection’s Transition from Private to Public in a New Professional Baseball Stadium”
9. Mechtild Widrich, “Collecting ‘History in the Making’: The Privatization of Propaganda in National Socialist Cigarette Cards”
10. Terri Baker, “‘The record of a life’: Nation and Narrative in Victorian Women’s Collections”
Part 4 Collecting Practices and Cultural Hierarchies
11. Sophie Thomas, “Distraction and Display: the Curiosity Cabinet and the Romantic Museum.”
12. Mary Titus, “Collection and Parody: Taliesin and House on the Rock”
13. Kevin M. Moist, “Record Collecting as Cultural Anthropology”
Bibliography
Contributor Biographies

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