Museums and the Public Sphere [NOOK Book]

Overview

Museums and the Public Sphere investigates the role of museums around the world as sites of democratic public space. What are the many ways in which the museum is, or is not, public? How can the museum be understood as a critical sphere of public debate? How do museums facilitate, respond to, and intersect with, wider public discourse? These questions are the key to understanding and redefining the very parameters of the museum.

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Museums and the Public Sphere

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Overview

Museums and the Public Sphere investigates the role of museums around the world as sites of democratic public space. What are the many ways in which the museum is, or is not, public? How can the museum be understood as a critical sphere of public debate? How do museums facilitate, respond to, and intersect with, wider public discourse? These questions are the key to understanding and redefining the very parameters of the museum.

Reworking the idea of the museum is critical in a world in which exhibition spaces compete with a host of other public fora--community cultural centers, public halls and the internet.  Museums and the Public Sphere examines the implications of a more complex understanding of how the public is realized, invoked, and understood in the museum context.

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"[Barrett]constructs a framework within which it is possible to both confront some startling realities about the gap between museums' purported ‘public' role and their efficacy and relevance in the ‘public sphere', and consider initiatives that might rectify this situation." (Visitor Studies Journal, 9 March 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444351613
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Barrett is the Director of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and currently collaborates with the University of Hong Kong on a museum studies program to support developments in their museum sector. She is the editor, with Caroline Butler-Bowdon, of Debating the City: An Anthology (2001).
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Table of Contents

List of Images vii

Introduction 1

1 The Public Sphere 15

2 Historical Discourses of the Museum 45

3 The Museum as Public Space 81

4 Audience, Community, and Public 118

5 The Museum as Public Intellectual 143

Conclusion 164

References 175

Acknowledgments 191

Index 193

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