Museum Revolutions How Museums Change and Are Changed

ISBN-10: 0415444675

ISBN-13: 9780415444675

Edition: 2008

Authors: Janell Watson

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This single-volume museum studies reference title explores the ways in which museums are shaped and configured and how they themselves attempt to shape and change the world around them. Written by a leading group of museum professionals and academics from around the world and including new research from internationally renowned scholars, the chapters reveal the diverse and subtle means by which museums engage and in so doing change and are changed. The authors span over 200 years discussing national museums, ecomuseums, society museums, provincial galleries, colonial museums, the showmans museum, and science centres. Topics covered include: disciplinary practices ethnic representation postcolonial politics social reform conceptions of history sustainability sacred objects controversy learning. Capturing the richness of the museum studies discipline, Museum Revolutions is the ideal text for museum studiescourses, providing a wide range of interlinked themes and the latest thought and research from experts in the field. It is invaluable for those students and museum professionals who want to understand the past, present and future of the museum.
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List price: $50.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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Notes on contributors
Shaping museums and manifestos
Establishing the paradigmatic museum: Georges Cuvier's Cabinet d'anatomie compar�e in Paris
William Bullock: inventing a visual language of objects
Museums, fossils and the cultural revolution of science: mapping change in the politics of knowledge in early nineteenth-century Britain
Establishing the manifesto: art histories in the nineteenth-century museum
Economic logic versus Enlightenment rationality: evolution of the museum-zoo-garden complex and the modern Indian city, 1843-1900
Occupying the architecture of the gallery: spatial, social and professional change at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1877-1933
Modernity and identity: the National Museum of Iran
Science centres: a museums studies approach to their development and possible future direction
Before 'Te Maori': a revolution deconstructed
Museums, social responsibility and the future we desire
Changing places, changing people
Making Pakeha histories in New Zealand museums: community and identity in the post-war period
History museums, community identities and a sense of place: rewriting histories
Museums and the shaping of cultural identities: visitors' recollections in local museums in Taiwan
Political and social influences affecting the sense of place in municipal museums in Portugal
Ecomuseums and sustainability in Italy, Japan and China: concept adaptation through implementation
Maori, museums and the Treaty of Waitangi: the changing politics of representation and control
Cultural entrepreneurs, sacred objects and the living museums of Africa
Charting the boundaries: indigenous models and parallel practices in the development of the post-museum
Where to from here? Repatriation of indigenous human remains and 'The Museum'
Articulating change: media, message, philosophy
Beyond nostalgia: the role of affect in generating historical understanding at heritage sites
Visitors and learning: adult museum visitors' learning identities
Museums - drama, ritual and power
Critical museum pedagogy and exhibition development: a conceptual first step
Learning at the museum frontiers: democracy, identity and difference
Moral lessons and reforming agendas: history museums, science museums, contentious topics and contemporary societies
'Who knows the fate of his bones?' Rethinking the body on display: object, art or human remains?
From the document to the monument: museums and the philosophy of history
Education, postmodernity and the museum
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