Interpreting Objects and Collections
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Interpreting Objects and Collections by Susan M. Pearce
Book DescriptionThis 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 Papers are included which discuss objects variously as historical documents, functioning material, and as semiotic texts, as well as those which examine the politics of objects and the methodology of object study.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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415112895
(254mm x 178mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Susan M. Pearce
On Collecting, Paperback (March 1999)
This book examines the nature of collecting both in Europe and among people living within the European tradition elsewhere.
Collecting in Contemporary Practice, Paperback (December 1997)
This text highlights the significance of collecting in relation to the cultural process, contemporary attitudes to material culture, and collecting as postmodern activity.
Interpreting Objects and Collections, Hardback (October 1994)
Bringing together significant papers on the interpretation of objects and collections, this volume examines how people relate to material culture and why they collect things.
Art in Museums, Hardback (October 1994)» View all books by Susan M. Pearce
Aims to canvass past and contemporary problems of cultural representation and of the relationship between the artist, the museum and society, exploring issues relating to audiences for art, and the role of galleries in these and other debates.
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