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A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approaches to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. It is an indispensable reference for art historians, museum curators, and art and culture lovers. 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
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).
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations|
|Notes on Contributors|
|Expanding Museum Studies: an Introduction|
|Perspectives, Disciplines, Concepts|
|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|
|The Conundrum of Ephemerality: Time, Memory and Museums|
|Histories, Heritage, Identities|
|The Origins of the Public Museum|
|World's Fairs and Museums|
|Making and Remaking National Identities|
|Museums and Community|
|Re-staging Histories and Identities|
|Architecture, Space, Media|
|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|
|Visitors, Learning, Interacting: Introduction|
|Living in a Learning Society: Museums and Free-Choice Learning|
|Interactivity: Thinking Beyond|
|Globalization, Profession, Practice|
|Globalization: In-Corporating the Museum|
|The Museum Profession|
|Museum Practice: Legal Issues|
|Non-Western Models of Museums and Curation in Cross-Cultural Perspective|
|Culture Wars, Transformations, Futures|
|Incivilities in Civil(-ized) Places: "Culture Wars" in Comparative Perspective|
|Science Museums and the Culture Wars|
|Exposing the Public|
|The Future of Museums|
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