Museums, Society, Inequality / Edition 1

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Museums, Society, Inequality explores the wide-ranging social roles and responsibilities of the museum.

It brings together international perspectives to stimulate critical debate, inform the work of practitioners and policy makers, and to advance recognition of the purpose, responsibilities and value to society of museums.

Museums, Society, Inequality examines the issues and:

  • offers different understandings of the social agency of the museum
  • presents ways in which museums have sought to engage with social concerns, and instigate social change
  • imagines how museums might become more useful to society in future.

This book is essential for all museum academics, practitioners and students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415260602
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Museum Meanings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sandell is Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester and Research Associate of RCMG (Research Centre for Museums and Galleries)

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Table of Contents

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Notes on Contributors

Part 1: Museums and Society: Issues and Perspectives
1. Museums and the Combating of Social Inequality: Roles, Responsibilities, Resistance Richard Sandell
2. The Good Enough Visitor Mark O'Neil 3. Measuring Social Value Carol Scott
4. Architectures of Inclusion: Museums, Galleries and Inclusive Communities Andrew Newman and Fiona McLean
5. The Therapeutic Potential of Museums as Pathways to Inclusion Lois Silverman
6. Buried in the Footnotes: The Absence of Disabled People in the Collective Imagery of Our Past Annie Delin
7. Representing Lesbians and Gay Men in British Social History Museums Angela Vanegas
8. Remembering Ourselves in the Work of Museums: Trauma and the Place of the Personal in the Public Gaynor Kavanagh

Part 2: Strategies for Inclusion
9. Harnessing the Power of History Ruth J. Abram
10. Representing Diversity and Challenging Racism: The Migration Museum Viv Szekeres
11. Developing a Community of Practice: Museums and Reconciliation in Australia Lynda Kelly and Phil Gordon
12. The National Museums of Kenya and Social Responsibility: Working with Street Children Fredrick Karanja Mirara
13. Museums and the Health of the Community Despina Kalessopoulou

Part 3: Towards the Inclusive Museum
15. Rethinking Heritage: Cultural Policy and Inclusion Lola Young
16. Positioning the Museum for Social Inclusion David Fleming
17. Maori and Museums: The Politics of Indigenous Recognition David Butts
18. Inclusion and the Power of Representation: South African Museums and the Cultural Politics of Social Transformation Khwezi ka Mpumlwana, Gerard Corsane, Juanita Pastor-Makhurane & Ciraj Rassool
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