Moist publishes new book on collecting

Kevin M. Moist, associate professor of communications at Penn State Altoona, has had a new edited collection, "Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things," published by Scarecrow Press. The book assembles 13 essays that consider the changing status and role of objects in our lives in the age of mass media and the Internet. In addition to editing the volume in conjunction with David Banash of Western Illinois University, Moist also contributes its closing chapter, “Record Collecting as Cultural Anthropology."

The essays in "Contemporary Collecting" cover a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives and collecting examples — from MP3 files to sports memorabilia to Nazi trading cards to PEZ dispensers — and are arranged around themes of “Collecting in a Virtual World,” “Changing Relationships with Things,” “Collecting and Identity — Personal and Political” and “Collecting Practices and Cultural Hierarchies.”

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Last Updated July 18, 2013