chapter  7
Collecting in a post-modernist world
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The cultural logic of late capitalism, to use Jameson's (1984) phrase, has penetrated the world of objects, of those who collect objects, and of those institutions - particularly museums - whose business is objects, for just as mature capitalism, that characteristically European use of Europe's own inheritance, generated a world of objects whose use and value was carefully regulated by accepted social parameters, so post-modernist late capitalism has, from its own entrails, produced a world in which the multiplicity of objects float free in a culture landscape in which boundaries seem to have dissolved.