The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics

The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics

by Tony Bennett, Bennett Tony
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415053889

ISBN-13: 9780415053884

Pub. Date: 05/28/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In a series of richly detailed case studies from Britian, Australia and North America, Tony Bennett investigates how nineteenth- and twentieth-century museums, fairs and exhibitions have organized their collections, and their visitors.

Discussing the historical development of museums alongside that of the fair and the international exhibition, Bennett sheds

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Overview

In a series of richly detailed case studies from Britian, Australia and North America, Tony Bennett investigates how nineteenth- and twentieth-century museums, fairs and exhibitions have organized their collections, and their visitors.

Discussing the historical development of museums alongside that of the fair and the international exhibition, Bennett sheds new light upon the relationship between modern forms of official and popular culture.

Using Foucaltian perspectives The Birth of the Museum explores how the public museum should be understood not just as a place of instruction, but as a reformatory of manners in which a wide range of regulated social routines and performances take place.

This invigorating study enriches and challenges the understanding of the museum, and places it at the centre of modern relations between culture and government. For students of museum, cultural and sociology studies, this will be an asset to their reading list.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415053884
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Series:
Culture: Policy and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
450,094
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The Formation of the Museum17
2The Exhibitionary Complex59
3The Political Rationality of the Museum89
4Museums and 'The People'109
5Out of Which Past?128
6Art and Theory: The Politics of the Invisible163
7Museums and Progress: Narrative, Ideology, Performance177
8The Shaping of Things to Come: Expo '88209
9A Thousand and One Troubles: Blackpool Pleasure Beach229
Notes246
Bibliography256
Index270

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