A Companion to Museum Studies (Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies)

A Companion to Museum Studies (Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies)

By: Sharon Macdonald (editor)Paperback

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A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. * Collects first-rate original essays by leading figures from a range of disciplines and theoretical stances, including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, cultural studies, and museum studies * Examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political, curatorial, historical and representational perspectives * Covers traditional subjects, such as space, display, buildings, objects and collecting, and more contemporary challenges such as visiting, commerce, community and experimental exhibition forms

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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).


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 Legible 50 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 Museums 98 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 the Architecture of Twentieth-century Art Museums 245 Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani

16 Civic Seeing: Museums and the Organization of Vision 263 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-choice Learning 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-cultural Perspective 457 Christina Kreps

Part VI Culture Wars, Transformations, Futures 473

Introduction 474

29 Incivilities in Civil(-ized) Places: "Culture Wars" in Comparative 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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  • publication date: 16/07/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781444334050
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 592
  • ID: 9781444334050
  • weight: 1112
  • ISBN10: 1444334050

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