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Opening up material collections
Adored, forgotten about, potent and mundane objects
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Collections have been associated with special consumption, consisting of items separated off from use (Belk, 1995), and yet houses are full of collections of objects which are often everyday and include both the used and the unused (Woodward and Greasley, 2015). This chapter explores how exploring these everyday collections is an approach which allows us to understand the complexities of everyday consumption, as we are able to explore the relationship between the unused, the cherished and the habitually used. Taking examples such as wardrobes, cupboards, garages, music collections and fridges, the approach is outlined in terms of the methods it involves (a combination of collection audits, object mapping and object biographies) as well as the possibilities this approach affords for how we can understand everyday lives.

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