The museum of the personal : souvenirs and nostalgia

Benson, Tracey (2001) The museum of the personal : souvenirs and nostalgia. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research paper examines the role of the souvenir in terms of social relations and notions of self-identity and/or autobiography. Many types of souvenir objects (commercial and non-commercial) are explored as being agents that participate in the construction of identity. Commodity fetishism, nostalgia and fetishism are examined as key elements that define the social relations surrounding the souvenir. The notion of home and family is also explored as a fundamental aspect of how identity is constructed.

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ID Code: 16204
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Ross, Toni & Fitzpatrick, Donal
Keywords: souvenir, keepsake, memento, nostalgia, fetishism, commodity fetishism
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Tracey Benson
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:58
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:44

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