Museums, Objects and Collections
A Cultural Study
By (author) Susan M. Pearce
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Museums, Objects and Collections by Susan M. Pearce
Book DescriptionThis book examines the historical context of museums, their collections, and the objects that form them. Susan M. Pearce probes the psychological and social reasons that people collect and identifies three modes of collecting: collecting as souvenirs, as fetishes, and as systematic assemblages. She considers how museum professionals set policies of collection management; acquire, study, and exhibit objects; and make meaning of the objects in their care. Pearce also explores the ideological relationship between museums and their collections and the intellectual and social relationships of museums to the public.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781560983309
(229mm x 153mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Smithsonian Books
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Publish Date: 15-Dec-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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, Paperback (October 1994)
Bringing together 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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Author Biography - Susan M. Pearce
Susan M. Pearce is professor of museum studies and director of the department of museum studies at the University of Leicester. She is the editor of "Museum Studies in Material Culture" (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992), and the author of "Archaeological Curatorship" (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990) and "On Collecting" (1995).
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