Collecting in a Consumer Society

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Social Science - 208 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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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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