Companion to Museum Studies

ISBN-10: 1444334050

ISBN-13: 9781444334050

Edition: 2010

Authors: Sharon MacDonald

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A Companion to Museum Studies captures a fresh, multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. Expanding museum studies and presenting a wide range of theoretical perspectives, the collection brings together authoritative original essays by leading figures from disciplines including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, and cultural studies, as well as museum studies. The essays examine the complexity of the museum from cultural, political governance, curatorial, historical, and representational perspectives. From traditional subjects, including space, display, buildings, and collecting, to more contemporary challenges and concerns, such as visiting, commerce, community, and experimental exhibition forms, this companion proves itself an indispensable reference for art historians, museum curators, and art and culture lovers.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 7/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 590
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments
Bibliographical Note
Expanding Museum Studies: an Introduction
Perspectives, Disciplines, Concepts
Introduction
Cultural Theory and Museum Studies
Sociology and the Social Aspects of Museums
Art History and Museology: Rendering the Visible Legible
Museums and Anthropologies. Practices and Narratives
Collecting Practices
The Conundrum of Ephemerality: Time, Memory and Museums
Histories, Heritage, Identities
Introduction
The Origins of the Public Museum
World's Fairs and Museums
Making and Remaking National Identities
Museums and Community
Re-staging Histories and Identities
Heritage
Architecture, Space, Media
Introduction
Museum Architecture: a Brief History
Insight versus Entertainment. Untimely Meditations on the Architecture of 20th-Century Art Museums
Civic Seeing: Museums and the Organisation of Vision
Spatial Syntax: the Language of Museum Space
New Media
Visitors, Learning, Interacting: Introduction
Living in a Learning Society: Museums and Free-Choice Learning
Museum Education
Interactivity: Thinking Beyond
Studying Visitors
Globalization, Profession, Practice
Introduction
Globalization: In-Corporating the Museum
Cultural Economics
The Museum Profession
Museum Ethics
Museum Practice: Legal Issues
Non-Western Models of Museums and Curation in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Culture Wars, Transformations, Futures
Introduction
Incivilities in Civil(-ized) Places: "Culture Wars" in Comparative Perspective
Science Museums and the Culture Wars
Postmodern Restructurings
Exposing the Public
The Future of Museums
Index
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