Living History: Biographical Objects and the Powerful Presence of the Past

This paper looks at the relationship between objects and their owners in relation to each other’s life histories. Using the notion of ‘biographical objects’, it explores how a collection of over 7,000 pieces of British Royal Family memorabilia relates to its owner. The findings from the interpretivist study illustrate that this relationship is mutually constitutive, with a complex intertwining of both the collection’s and its owner’s biographies as together they continually invest the past with the present and the present with the past.


Pauline Maclaran and Cele Otnes (2007) ,"Living History: Biographical Objects and the Powerful Presence of the Past", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 8, eds. Stefania Borghini, Mary Ann McGrath, and Cele Otnes, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 111-112.


Pauline Maclaran, Keele University, UK
Cele Otnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 8 | 2007

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