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A Companion to Museum Studies / Edition 1

A Companion to Museum Studies / Edition 1

by Sharon Macdonald
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ISBN-13: 9781444334050
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/16/2010
Series: Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies Series , #33
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 590
Sales rank: 785,853
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sharon Macdonald is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Her books include Theorizing Museums (edited with Gordon Fyfe, Blackwell 1996), Reimagining Culture (1997), The Politics of Display (ed., 1998), Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum (2002), and Exhibition Experiments (edited with Paul Basu, Blackwell 2007).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Notes on Contributors xii

Acknowledgments xix

Bibliographical Note xx

1 Expanding Museum Studies: An Introduction 1
Sharon Macdonald

Part I Perspectives, Disciplines, Concepts 13

Introduction 14

2 Cultural Theory and Museum Studies 17
Rhiannon Mason

3 Sociology and the Social Aspects of Museums 33
Gordon Fyfe

4 Art History and Museology: Rendering the Visible Legible50
Donald Preziosi

5 Museums and Anthropologies: Practices and Narratives 64
Anthony Alan Shelton

6 Collecting Practices 81
Sharon Macdonald

7 The Conundrum of Ephemerality: Time, Memory, and Museums98
Susan A. Crane

Part II Histories, Heritage, Identities 111

Introduction 112

8 The Origins of the Public Museum 115
Jeffrey Abt

9 World Fairs and Museums 135
Robert W. Rydell

10 Making and Remaking National Identities 152
Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan

11 Museums and Community 170
Elizabeth Crooke

12 Re-staging Histories and Identities 186
Rosmarie Beier-de Haan

13 Heritage 198
Steven Hoelscher

Part III Architecture, Space, Media 219

Introduction 220

14 Museum Architecture: A Brief History 223
Michaela Giebelhausen

15 Insight versus Entertainment: Untimely Meditations on theArchitecture of Twentieth-century Art Museums 245
Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani

16 Civic Seeing: Museums and the Organization of Vision263
Tony Bennett

17 Space Syntax: The Language of Museum Space 282
Bill Hillier and Kali Tzortzi

18 New Media 302
Michelle Henning

Part IV Visitors, Learning, Interacting 319

Introduction 320

19 Living in a Learning Society: Museums and Free-choiceLearning 323
John H. Falk, Lynn D. Dierking, and Marianna Adams

20 Museum Education 340
George E. Hein

21 Interactivity: Thinking Beyond 353
Andrea Witcomb

22 Studying Visitors 362
Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Part V Globalization, Profession, Practice 377

Introduction 378

23 Globalization: Incorporating the Museum 381
Mark W. Rectanus

24 Cultural Economics 398
Bruno S. Frey and Stephan Meier

25 The Museum Profession 415
Patrick J. Boylan

26 Museum Ethics 431
Tristram Besterman

27 Museum Practice: Legal Issues 442
Patty Gerstenblith

28 Non-Western Models of Museums and Curation in Cross-culturalPerspective 457
Christina Kreps

Part VI Culture Wars, Transformations, Futures 473

Introduction 474

29 Incivilities in Civil(-ized) Places: "Culture Wars" inComparative Perspective 477
Steven C. Dubin

30 Science Museums and the Culture Wars 494
Steven Conn

31 Postmodern Restructurings 509
Nick Prior

32 Exposing the Public 525
Mieke Bal

33 The Future of the Museum 543
Charles Saumarez Smith

Index 555

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“No one is better qualified than Sharon Macdonald to create this definitive companion to museum studies. The field has not only come of age but has also burgeoned in all directions. How wise then to capture the vibrancy of its interdisciplinarity by assembling the work of a veritable who’s who of museum studies. Each voice is at once distinct and in dialogue and debate with others. A vital text for the field.”
–Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University

A Companion to Museum Studies is an indispensable guide to what has come to be called ‘the New Museology.’ This set of papers by some of the most distinguished scholars of museums examines museums, displays and exhibits from the perspectives of different disciplines. No one attempting to study or teach about museums will be able to do without this aptly named Companion. It will be both guide and landmark in museum studies for years to come.”
Ivan Karp, Emory University

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