Collecting in a Consumer Society

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Business & Economics - 198 pages
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This groundbreaking book examines the relationship between the development of the consumer society and the rise of collecting by individuals and institutions. Rusell Belk considers how and why people collect, as individuals, corporations and museums, and the impact this collecting has on us and our culture.

Collecting in a Consumer Society outlines the history of museum collecting from ancient civilizations to the present. It also looks at aspects of consumer culture - advertizing, department stores, mass merchandizing, consumer desires, and how this relates to the activity of collecting.

Collecting in a Consumer Society is the first book to focus on collecting as material consumption. This is a provocative and engaging book, essential reading for anyone involved with the process of collecting.

  

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Russell Belk is one of the go-to guys when you're studying what it is to collect and contemporary consumerism. In this very accessible book, he discusses several important aspects of consumerism and ... Read full review

Contents

The rise of consumer society
13
A brief history of collecting
22
Individual collectors
65
Institutional collectors
102
Collecting in a consumer cociety a critical analysis
139
References
159
Index
188
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About the author (1995)

Russell Belk is Kraft Foods Canada Chair in Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University. He is past president of the International Association of Marketing and Development, and is a fellow, past president, and Film Festival co-founder in the Association for Consumer Research. He also co-initiated the Consumer Behavior Odyssey and the Consumer Culture Theory Conference, two key events in qualitative consumer research. He received the Paul D. Converse Award and the Sheth Foundation/"Journal of Consumer Research" Award for Long Term Contribution to Consumer Research.

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