Theorizing Museums: Representing Identity and Diversity in a Changing World / Edition 1

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Overview

Museums are key cultural loci of our times. They are symbols and sites for the playing out of social relations of identity and difference, knowledge and power, theory and representation. These are issues at the heart of contemporary anthropology, sociology and cultural studies.

This volume brings together original contributions from international scholars to show how social and cultural theory can bring new insight to debate about museums. Analytical perspectives on the museum are drawn from the anthropology and sociology of globalization, time, space and consumption, as well as from feminism, psychoanalysis, experimental ethnography and literary theory. These perspectives are brought to bear on questions of museums' changing role and position in the representation of the nation-state, of community, and of gender, class and ethnicity.

The examples in this book are drawn from different kinds of museum around the world, and include significant controversial and experimental exhibitions; the Enola Gay at the Smithsonian; feminist exhibitions in Scandinavia; the National Museum of Sri Lanka; Victorian art at the Tate; the representation of race at Colonial Williamsburg and of colonialism and identity in Canada.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631201519
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/7/1998
  • Series: Sociological Review Monographs Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sharon Macdonald (Sheffield University).

Part I: Contexts: Spaces and Times:.

1. Museums and Globalization: Martin Prosler (Tubingen, Germany).

2. How Societies Remember the Past: John Urry (Lancaster University).

Part II: Contests: Differences and Identities:.

3. Museums as Contested Sites of Remembrance: The Enola Gay Affair: Vera Zolberg (New School of Social Research, New York).

4. Into the Heart of Irony: Ethnographic Exhibitions and the Politics of Difference: Henrietta Riegel (York University, Canada).

5. Seeing through Solidity: Feminist Perspectives on Museums: Gaby Porter (Manchester Museum of Science and Industry).

6. Decoding the Visitors' Gaze: Rethinking Museum Visiting: Gordon Fyfe and Max Ross (Keele University).

Part III: Contents: Classifications and Practice: .

7. The Utopics of Social Ordering: Stonehenge as a Museum without Walls: Kevin Hetherington (Keele University).

8. Maintaining Boundaries, or 'Mainstreaming' Black History in a White Museum: Eric Gable (Yale University).

9. A Trojan Horse at the Tate: Theorizing the Museum as Agency and Structure: Gordon Fyfe (Keele University).

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