Representing Nation: Reader in Heritage and Museums

Representing Nation: Reader in Heritage and Museums

by David Boswell
     
 

Gathering key writings from leading thinkers in cultural studies, cultural history, and museum studies, Representing the Nation: A reader explores the role cultural institutions play in creating and shaping our sense of ourselves as a nation.

With an international perspective focusing on the USA, France, Australia, the UK and India, leading figures and

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Gathering key writings from leading thinkers in cultural studies, cultural history, and museum studies, Representing the Nation: A reader explores the role cultural institutions play in creating and shaping our sense of ourselves as a nation.

With an international perspective focusing on the USA, France, Australia, the UK and India, leading figures and authors, including Tony Bennet, Ralph Samuel and Carol Duncan examine the way the past is preserved, represented and consumed as our ‘heritage’.

Written in three sections, the book examines:

  • strategies involved in creating and sustaining a national culture
  • the growth of heritage culture, from the founding of the National Trust in 1895 to the heritage acts of the 1980s
  • why it has become important for nations to preserve the past and in whose name is it preserved and displayed
  • the historical development of the public museum
  • issues and difficulties facing museums today and the competing demands and interests of public funding bodies, tourists and local communities.

For the disciplines of both museum studies and cultural studies this will be vital reading material, and is also perfect as a course reader for a new MA in media and cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415208697
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

David Boswell is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Open University. Jessica Evans is Lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies at the Open University.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxiii
Introduction: Nation and Representation1
Part 1Culture, community and nation9
Introduction to Part One11
1Tradition and Translation: National Culture in its Global Context15
2Culture, Community, Nation33
3History and Modernity: Reflections on the Theory of Nationalism45
4Mass-Producing Traditions: Europe, 1870-191461
5Englishness and the National Culture87
Part 2Representing the past as heritage and its consumption109
Introduction to Part Two111
6Trafficking in History115
7The Climate of Decline151
8Resurrectionism163
9Fatal Attractions185
10Gazing on History208
Part 3Museums as classificatory systems and their prehistories233
Introduction to Part Three235
11National Monuments240
12Fear of Circuses: Founding the National Museum of Victoria258
13The Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893: "And Was Jerusalem Builded Here?"273
14From the Princely Gallery to the Public Art Museum: The Louvre Museum and the National Gallery, London304
15The Exhibitionary Complex332
Part 4Museums and cultural management363
Introduction to Part Four365
16Attempts to Define 'Museum'371
17Useful Culture380
18Cultural Policy: Research and the Government Imperative394
19Museums are Good to Think: Heritage on View in India404
20Rewriting The Museums' Fictions: Taxonomies, Stories and Readers421
21Museums as Contact Zones435
Index459

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