This paper addresses shortcomings in consumer behaviour research on collecting, contributing critical insights to research on collecting material objects specifically, and material consumption generally. This is achieved through two specific and interrelated means: first by employing an ethnographic research methodology to situate collecting within the material and social environment within which it is embedded and second by treating collecting as an incidence of material culture rather than a form of consumer behaviour. Fieldwork undertaken with a novelty teapot collectors’ club has comprised mainly participant observation. This has involved listening to and observing collectors, dealers and manufacturers as they interact with each other, through the handling, buying, selling, bidding, admiring and swapping of novelty teapots.
|Title of host publication||European Advances in Consumer Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||"All Changed, Changed Utterly?"|
|Editors||Darach Turley, Stephen Brown|
|Publisher||Association for Consumer Research|
|Number of pages||180|
|ISBN (Print)||9780915552511, 0915552515|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||6th European Advances in Consumer Research Conference: "All Changed, Changed Utterly?" - Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland|
Duration: 4 Jun 2003 → 7 Jun 2003
Conference number: 6
|Conference||6th European Advances in Consumer Research Conference|
|Period||4/06/03 → 7/06/03|
Cheetham, F. (2003). Totally Teapots: The Material Cutlure of Novelty Teapot Collecting. In D. Turley, & S. Brown (Eds.), European Advances in Consumer Research: "All Changed, Changed Utterly?" (Vol. 6, pp. 176-180). Association for Consumer Research.