Museums and Difference

Museums and Difference

by Daniel J. Sherman
     
 

Museums, modern concepts of culture, and ideas about difference arose together and are inextricably entwined. Relationships of difference—notably, of gender, ethnicity, nationality, and race—have become equally important concerns of scholarship in humanities and contemporary museum practice. Museums and Difference offers the perspectives of scholars and

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Museums, modern concepts of culture, and ideas about difference arose together and are inextricably entwined. Relationships of difference—notably, of gender, ethnicity, nationality, and race—have become equally important concerns of scholarship in humanities and contemporary museum practice. Museums and Difference offers the perspectives of scholars and museum professionals in tandem, using the concept of difference to reexamine how museums construct themselves, their collections, and their publics. Essays explore a wide range of examples from around the world and from the 19th century to the present, including case studies of special exhibitions as well as broad surveys of institutions in Europe, the United States, and Japan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253349460
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
21st Century Studies Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Contents<\>
Acknowledgments

Introduction Daniel J. Sherman

Part 1. Representing Difference
1. Art Museums and Commonality: A History of High Ideals Andrew McClellan
2. "The Last Wild Indian in North America": Changing Museum Representations of Ishi Ira Jacknis
3. National Museums and Other Cultures in Modern Japan Angus Lockyer
4. Cultural Difference and Cultural Diversity: The Case of the Musée du Quai Branly Nélia Dias
5. Gunther von Hagens's Body Worlds: Exhibitionary Practice, German History, and Difference Peter M. McIsaac

Part 2. Representing Differently
6. Meta Warrick's 1907 "Negro Tableaux" and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory W. Fitzhugh Brundage
7. Skulls on Display: The Science of Race in Paris's Musée de l'Homme, 19281950 Alice L. Conklin
8. Dossier: "Inventing Race" in Los Angeles Ilona Katzew and Daniel J. Sherman
9. Living and Dying: Ethnography, Class, and Aesthetics in the British Museum Lissant Bolton
10. Museums and Historical Amnesia William H. Truettner

Contributors
Index

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