Life Like Dolls: The Collector Doll Phenomenon and the Lives of the Women Who Love Them

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Since the 1980s there has been a growing billion dollar business producing porcelain collectible dolls. Avertised in Sunday newspapers and mailbox fliers, even Marie Osmond, an avid collector herself, is now promoting her own line of dolls on the Home Shopping Network and sales are soaring. With average price tags of $100 -- and $500 or more for a handcrafted or limited edition doll -- these dolls strike a chord in the hearts of middle-aged and older women, their core buyers, some of whom create "nurseries" devoted to collections that number in the hundreds.

Each doll has its own name, identity and "adoption certificate," like Shawna, "who has just learned to stack blocks all by herself," and Bobby, whose "brown, handset eyes shine with mischief and little-boy plans." Exploring the nexus of emotions, consumption and commodification they represent, A. F. Robertson tracks the rise of the porcelain collectible market; interviews the women themselves; and visits their clubs, fairs and homes to understand what makes the dolls so irresistible.

Lifelike but freakish; novelties that profess to be antiques; pricey kitsch: These dolls are the product of powerful emotions and big business. Life Like Dolls pursues why middle-class, educated women obsessively collect these dolls and what this phenomenon says about our culture.

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A. F. Robertson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of seven books including Greed and Beyond the Family.

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The enormous popularity of the Cabbage Patch and American Girl dolls has not gone unnoticed, either by major corporations or by anthropologists. Fascinated by this multibillion-dollar business, Robertson invested time probing the psychology not only of doll collectors but also of the companies that manufacture and advertise dolls. Robertson begins with a little history of the use of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century dolls as clothing models, and then continues with analysis of the allure of dolls' physical amenities and the way owners often emotionally bond with their dolls. The typical height of dolls is 14 inches, and their eyes and hair are usually the most compelling features (i.e., the main reasons they are bought). Yet it is by entering the bedrooms and living rooms of America that the author becomes privy to the behind-the-scenes details, where he and readers learn why these kinds of collectibles are purchased, from filling up empty nests to recapturing a sense of belonging. A fascinating look at the inner longings of collectors. Barbara Jacobs
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