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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal for Cultural Research on 1 June 2020, available online:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14797585.2020.1773650

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal for Cultural Research
Issue number2
Volume24
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)101-112
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The article discusses the figure of the collector. We start with positioning the collector in relation to a lack, emphasizing that collecting is not about aesthetic beauty, pleasure or even perfectness, but primarily about filling a gap. The collection itself is merely a by-product of the desire to collect. Discussing how this desire is socially mediated, we move on to contextualizing the collector in relation to the distinction between the useful and the useless. We stress, in this context, that collecting is an inoperative praxis. This is followed by a discussion of the collector’s psychopathology in terms of affects and interpassivity. Finally, we turn to the history of the collector and to collecting as a field in sociological terms, and end with articulating a typology of the collector.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal for Cultural Research on 1 June 2020, available online:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14797585.2020.1773650