Totally Teapots: The Material Cutlure of Novelty Teapot Collecting

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Advances in Consumer Research
Subtitle of host publication"All Changed, Changed Utterly?"
EditorsDarach Turley, Stephen Brown
PublisherAssociation for Consumer Research
Number of pages180
ISBN (Print) 9780915552511, 0915552515
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event6th European Advances in Consumer Research Conference: "All Changed, Changed Utterly?" - Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 Jun 20037 Jun 2003
Conference number: 6


Conference6th European Advances in Consumer Research Conference
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