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    I wonder what it refers to

    Hello
    I wonder what "it" in "As a writer on collecting has put it" refers to in this context

    Collected objects become symbolic when they lose their practical purpose. A former prisoner in a Stalinist labor camp, for example, collected keys to locks that were no longer in use. A key is no longer just a key if it belonged to the Bastille. As a writer on collecting has put it: "Often the objects collected are the cast-offs of society, overtaken by technological advance, used and disposable, outmoded, disregarded unfashionable."
    I'll really appreciate it if you answer this.

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    Re: I wonder what it refers to

    "It" refer to the whatever proposition the writer is putting. Here it refers back to the whole first part of the paragraph.
    It means:
    "As a writer on collecting has described this phenomenon: ..."
    "As a writer on collecting has phrased these facts: ... "
    "As a writer on collecting has put this proposition about keys: ..."
    "As a writer on collecting has put this proposition about items no longer being used becoming items of collection: ..."

    That's how I would explain it.

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