Re-Presenting Disability: Museums and the Politics of Display

Overview

Re-Presenting Disability addresses issues surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries, a topic which is receiving much academic attention and is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for practitioners working in wide-ranging museums and related cultural organisations.

This volume of provocative and timely contributions, brings together twenty researchers, practitioners and academics from different disciplinary, institutional and cultural contexts to explore ...

See more details below
Paperback (New Edition)
$44.62
BN.com price
(Save 4%)$46.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $29.99   
  • New (2) from $39.43   
  • Used (5) from $29.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Re-Presenting Disability addresses issues surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries, a topic which is receiving much academic attention and is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for practitioners working in wide-ranging museums and related cultural organisations.

This volume of provocative and timely contributions, brings together twenty researchers, practitioners and academics from different disciplinary, institutional and cultural contexts to explore issues surrounding the cultural representation of disabled people and, more particularly, the inclusion (as well as the marked absence) of disability-related narratives in museum and gallery displays. The diverse perspectives featured in the book offer fresh ways of interrogating and understanding contemporary representational practices as well as illuminating existing, related debates concerning identity politics, social agency and organisational purposes and responsibilities, which have considerable currency within museums and museum studies.

Re-Presenting Disability explores such issues as:

  • In what ways have disabled people and disability-related topics historically been represented in the collections and displays of museums and galleries? How can newly emerging representational forms and practices be viewed in relation to these historical approaches?
  • How do emerging trends in museum practice – designed to counter prejudiced, stereotypical representations of disabled people – relate to broader developments in disability rights, debates in disability studies, as well as shifting interpretive practices in public history and mass media?
  • What approaches can be deployed to mine and interrogate existing collections in order to investigate histories of disability and disabled people and to identify material evidence that might be marshalled to play a part in countering prejudice? What are the implications of these developments for contemporary collecting?
  • How might such purposive displays be created and what dilemmas and challenges are curators, educators, designers and other actors in the exhibition-making process, likely to encounter along the way?
  • How do audiences – disabled and non-disabled – respond to and engage with interpretive interventions designed to confront, undercut or reshape dominant regimes of representation that underpin and inform contemporary attitudes to disability?
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415494731
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Notes on Contributors x

Acknowledgments xvii

Preface xix

Part 1 New ways of seeing 1

1 Activist practice Richard Sandell Jocelyn Dodd 3

2 Picturing people with disabilities: classical portraiture as reconstructive narrative Rosemarie Garland-Thomson 23

3 Agents at Angkor Lain Hart 41

4 'See no evil' Victoria Phiri 53

5 Ghosts in the war museum Ana Carden-Coyne 64

6 Behind the shadow of Merrick David Hevey 79

7 Disability reframed: challenging visitor perceptions in the museum Jocelyn Dodd Ceri Jones Debbie Jolly Richard Sandell 92

Part 2 Interpretive journeys and experiments 113

8 To label the label? 'Learning disability' and exhibiting 'critical proximity' Helen Graham 115

9 Hurting and healing: reflections on representing experiences of mental illness in museums Joanna Besley Carol Low 130

10 Histories of disability and medicine: reconciling historical narratives and contemporary values Julie Anderson Lisa O'sullivan 143

11 Revealing moments: representations of disability and sexuality Elizabeth Mariko Murray Sarah Helaine Jacobs 155

12 The red wheelchair in the white snowdrift Geraldine Chimirri-Russell 168

13 Face to face: representing facial disfigurement in a museum context Emma Chambers 179

Part 3 Unsettling practices 195

14 'Out from Under': a brief history of everything Kathryn Church Melanie Panitch Catherine Frazee Phaedra Livingstone 197

15 Transforming practice: disability perspectives and the museum Shari Rosenstein Werb Tari Hartman Squire 213

16 Reciprocity, accountability, empowerment: emancipatory principles and practices in the museum Heather Hollins 228

17 Disability, human rights and the public gaze: The Losheng Story Museum Chia-Li Chen 244

18 A museum for all? The Norwegian Museum of Deaf History and Culture Hanna Mellemsether 257

19 Collective bodies: what museums do for disability studies Katherine Ott 269

Index 280

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)