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One World Archaeology

Unpacking the Collection

Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum

Editors: Byrne, S., Clarke, A., Harrison, R., Torrence, R. (Eds.)

  • Provides a new theoretical framework for examining material culture
  • Includes international and cross-cultural case studies
  • Features indigenous cultures not often the subject of mainstream research
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About this Textbook

Museum collections are often perceived as static entities hidden away in storerooms or trapped behind glass cases. By focusing on the dynamic histories of museum collections, new research reveals their pivotal role in shaping a wide range of social relations.  Over time and across space the interactions between these artefacts and  the  people and institutions who made, traded, collected, researched and  exhibited them have generated complex networks of material and social agency.

In this innovative volume, the contributors draw on a broad range of source materials to explore the cross-cultural interactions which have created museum collections. These case studies contribute significantly to the development of new theoretical frameworks to  examine broader questions of materiality, agency, and identity in the past and present.

 Grounded in case studies from individual objects and museum  collections from North America, Europe, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Australia, this truly international volume juxtaposes historical,  geographical, and cross-cultural studies.

This work will be of great interest to archaeologists and anthropologists studying material culture, as well as researchers in museum studies and cultural heritage management.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Networks, Agents and Objects: Frameworks for Unpacking Museum Collections

    Byrne, Sarah (et al.)

    Pages 3-26

  • “Suitable for Decoration of Halls and Billiard Rooms”: Finding Indigenous Agency in Historic Auction and Sale Catalogues

    Torrence, Robin (et al.)

    Pages 29-53

  • Consuming Colonialism: Curio Dealers’ Catalogues, Souvenir Objects and Indigenous Agency in Oceania

    Harrison, Rodney

    Pages 55-82

  • Plumes, Pipes and Valuables: The Papuan Artefact-Trade in Southwest New Guinea, 1845–1888

    Davies, Susan M.

    Pages 83-115

  • Donors, Loaners, Dealers and Swappers: The Relationship behind the English Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum

    Wingfield, Chris

    Pages 119-140

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-8222-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.95
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-2917-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unpacking the Collection
Book Subtitle
Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum
Editors
  • Sarah Byrne
  • Anne Clarke
  • Rodney Harrison
  • Robin Torrence
Series Title
One World Archaeology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8222-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8222-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8221-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2917-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 342
Number of Illustrations and Tables
36 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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