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This 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 Details

ISBN: 9781560983309
ISBN-10: 1560983302
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x 18mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Smithsonian Books
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Publish Date: 15-Dec-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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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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