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Title:Serial Collecting as Leisure, and Coin Collecting in Particular
Author(s):Case, Donald O.
Coin Collecting
Information seeking
Leisure studies
Abstract:The collecting of things for pleasure is an almost universal human experience. Psychological studies tell us that it is deeply connected to the development of the self and of relations with the world and other people. This article explores collecting as serious leisure, reviews explanations of collecting behavior, and focuses on coin collectors as one example. The types and organization of numismatic literature are explored. A participant observation study of coin collectors in both face-to-face and electronic meeting places finds that they are motivated by the potential for self-development, social interactions with other collectors, and financial gains, and at times by compulsive collecting.
Issue Date:2009
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library Trends 57(4) Spring 2009: 729-752
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-06-04

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