Pearce, S.M. (Ed.). (2002). Interpreting objects and collections. Leicester readers in Museum Studies. Londres: Taylor and Francis.


List of figures                             
viii

List of tables                              
ix

Series preface                              
x

Acknowledgements                            
xi

Introduction                                
Susan M. Pearce
1

Part I Interpreting objects

1
Museum objects
Susan M. Pearce
9
2
The contextual analysis of symbolic meanings
lan Hodder
12
3
Things ain’t what they used to be
Daniel Miller
13
4
Objects as meaning; or narrating the past
Susan M. Pearce
19
5
Death’s head, cherub, urn and willow
J. Deetz and E. S. Dethlefsen
30
6
Behavioural interaction with objects
Susan M. Pearce
38
7
A view of functionalism
Edmund Leach
41
8
Culture as a system with subsystems
David Clarke
44
9
Theoretical archaeology: a reactionary view
Ian Hodder
48
10
A view from the bridge
Edmund Leach
53
11
Ivory for the sea woman: the symbolic attributes of a prehistoric technology
Robert McGhee
59
12
Interpreting material culture
Christopher Tilley
67
13
Commodities and the politics of value
Arjun Appadurai
76
14
Why fakes?
Mark Jones
92
15
Cannibal tours, glass boxes and the politics of interpretation98
Michael Ames
98
16
Craft107
M. Shanks
107
17
Towards a material history methodology
R. Elliot et al.
109
18
Thinking about things
Susan M. Pearce
125
19
Mind in matter: an introduction to material culture theory and method
Jules Prown
133
20
Not looking at kettles
Ray Batchelor
139
21
Home interview questionnaire, with coding categories and definitions
M. Csikszentmihalyi and E. Halton
144

Part II Interpreting collections

22
The urge to collect
Susan M. Pearce
157
23
The collection: between the visible and the invisible
Krzysztof Pomian
160
24
Notes on the history of collecting and of museums
Eva Schulz
175
25
Another past, another context: exhibiting Indian art abroad
B. N. Goswamy
188
26
Collecting reconsidered
Susan M. Pearce
193
27
Psychological aspects of art collecting
Frederick Baekeland
205
28
No two alike: play and aesthetics in collecting
Brenda Danet and Tamar Katriel
220
29
Of mice and men: gender identity in collecting
Russell W. Belk and Melanie Wallendorf
240
30
Objects of desire
Susan Stewart
254
31
Collecting ourselves
J. Clifford
258
32
The filth in the way
M. Thompson
269
33
Art museums and the ritual of citizenship
Carol Duncan
279
34
‘The People’s Show'
Cathy Mullen
287
35
Leicester Contemporary Collecting Project’s questionnaire
Susan M. Pearce
291
36
Beyond the Odyssey: interpretations of ethnographic writing in consumer behaviour
Annamma Joy
296
37
Collectors and collecting
Russell W. Belk
317
38
Why they collect: collectors reveal their motivations
Ruth Formanek
327

Further reading
336

Index
338