2004
Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2588-8277
  • E-ISSN: 2667-162X

Abstract

LIVING WITH OBJECTS

Many upper-class migrants from, and to, Dutch colonial Indonesia – often travelling back and forth – collected objects. By analysing the practice of collecting and the meaning these people ascribed to those artefacts, I will provide insight into the way personal, and eventually even collective, identities were formed. The manner in which objects were collected and displayed not only ref lected the self-image of their owners in colonial and Dutch society, but may also have been active inf luences in those processes of (self)identification. The collection of objects, and the meaning ascribed to them, ref lected the unequal power relations within colonial society, and simultaneously, was possible a strategy for marginalised people (such as European women) to liberate themselves from social inequality.

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