9780415247474

Pasts Beyond Memory: Evolution, Museums, Colonialism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415247474

  • ISBN10:

    0415247470

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2004-07-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

This important new work explores how evolutionary museums developed in the US, UK, and Australia in the late 19th century. This historical investigation also contributes to current debates, both on relationships between culture and the social, and to the rapidly changing practices of modern museums as they seek to shed the legacies of both evolutionary conceptions and colonial science, with the goal of contributing to the development and management of cultural diversity.

Table of Contents

List of figures
ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1(11)
Dead circuses: expertise, exhibition, government
12(24)
The expert as showman
13(6)
Time and space in the museum
19(5)
Evolution as temporal conscience
24(3)
Expertise, exhibition, government and new liberalism
27(6)
International networks and the new museum idea
33(3)
The archaeological gaze of the historical sciences
36(28)
The odds and ends of history
39(5)
Reading the rocks
44(6)
Filling in time
50(9)
History in motion
59(5)
Reassembling the museum
64(21)
Black-boxing evolution
66(6)
Bureaucratising the past
72(9)
Archaeological objects
81(4)
The connective tissue of civilisation
85(29)
Accumulating pasts: habit, memory and self-government
86(5)
Archaeologising the self and the social
91(8)
Evolution, culture and liberal government
99(7)
Evolutionary accumulators
106(8)
Selective memory: racial recall and civic renewal at the American Museum of Natural History
114(22)
Evolution, ethics, government: philanthropy and the state
117(4)
Nature's many lessons
121(7)
Renewing the race plasm: accumulation and difference
128(8)
Evolutionary ground zero: colonialism and the fold of memory
136(24)
Colonial liberalism, culture and the state
140(5)
Vicious circles and rigmaroles: the plan of creation
145(3)
Shallowing the past
148(6)
From `let die' to `let live'
154(6)
Words, things and vision: evolution `at a glance'
160(27)
The spaces in-between: evolution and its blind spots
161(4)
Seeing and knowing
165(5)
Classification and the arrangement of the visible
170(4)
Object ventriloquism and evolutionary expertise
174(6)
Developing clear-sighted attentiveness
180(7)
Postscript: slow modernity 187(3)
Notes 190(16)
References 206(20)
Index 226

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