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Museums, objects and collections - Susan M Pearce

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Title
Museums, objects and collections - a cultural study
Author
Susan M Pearce
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Leicester University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19991104

Museums hold the collected objects that have come to us from the past, and which now constitute one of the most important ways in which we can understand that past. Museums are social phenomena characteristic of the modernist Western tradition, and their collections of both human and natural history material are a significant part of how that tradition has shaped itself.;This book explores the nature of museums, of their collections and of the objects which form these collections; the psychological and social reasons why people collect; and the nature of relics, fetishes and systematic assemblages. It considers the nature of the curatorial process and the narratives it produces: collections in store, acquisition and disposal, documentary description and exhibition. It discusses how museum objects operate as signs and symbols, as mediators of a functionalist perspective in a world of goods, and as actors in the process of change. It examines the relationship between museums, museum objects and ideology and concludes with an attempt to define the curatorial project.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Museums - Philosophy.|Museums - Social aspects.|Collectors and collecting - Psychological aspects.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
296

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