Drawing together an international group of scholars from a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, Colonialism and the Object explores the impact of colonial contact with other cultures on the material culture of both the colonized and the imperial nation.
The book includes intensive case-studies of objects from India, Pakistan, New Zealand, China and Africa, all of which were collected by, or exhibited in, the institutions of the British Empire, and key chapters address issues of radical identity across cultural barriers, and the hybird styles of objects which can emerge when cultures meet.
Colonialism and the Object is essential reading for all those interested in post-colonial theory, museum studies, material culture and design history.
About the Author
Tim Barringer is a lecturer in History of Art at the University of Birmingham, following earlier positions at Birbeck College, University of London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Tom Flynn is a freelance art historian and writer. He is currently completing a book on sculpture and the body.
Table of Contents1. Sharon Macdonald -- Exhibitions of Power and Powers of Exhibitions: An Introduction to the Politics of Display
2. Tony Bennett -- Speaking to the Eyes: Museums, Legibility and the Social Order
3. Nelia Dias -- The Visibility of Difference:
Nineteenth Century French Anthropological Collections
4. Tracy Lang Teslow -- Reifying Race: Science and Art in 'Races of Mankind' at the Field Museum of Natural History
5. Steven W. Allison-Bunnell -- Making Nature 'Real' Again: Natural History and Public Rhetorics
of Science at the Smithsonian
6. Andrew Barry -- On Interactivity: Consumer, Citizens and Culture
7. Sharon Macdonald -- Supermarket Science? Consumers and 'The Public Understanding Of Science'
8. Penny Harvey -- Nations on Display: Technology and
Culture in Expo '92
9. Mary Bouquet -- Strangers in Paradise: An Encounter With Fossil Man at the Dutch Museum of Natural History
10. Jim Bennett -- Can Science Museums Take History Seriously? 11. Ken Arnold -- Birth and Breeding: Politics on Display at the
Wellcome Institute of Medical History
12. Tom Gieryn -- Balancing Acts: Science, Enola Gay and History Wars at the Smithsonian
13. Sharon Macdonald -- Afterword: From War to Debate?