Multiple Realities, Multiple Meanings and a Mountain of Objects: Collectors in Their Social Worlds

Interest in popular collecting has grown exponentially in the UK and US, yet we know very little about collecting in the context of families and coupledom. This study offers a conceptual framework to drive and target further research into the social world of collecting couples, and suggests that their experiences may be understood by reference to three networks: the social network, the legitimising network, and the material culture network. Data from ethnographic interviews is discussed in the context of these networks and used to generate insights into the social world of collecting couples, and their competitive and co-operative behaviours.



Citation:

Nia Hughes (2005) ,"Multiple Realities, Multiple Meanings and a Mountain of Objects: Collectors in Their Social Worlds", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7, eds. Karin M. Ekstrom and Helene Brembeck, Goteborg, Sweden : Association for Consumer Research.

Authors

Nia Hughes, Staffordshire University



Volume

E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7 | 2005



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