A Companion to Museum Studies

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Sharon Macdonald
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2011 - Business & Economics - 592 pages
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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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Contents

Perspectives Disciplines Concepts
11
Culture Wars Transformations Futures 473
12
Cultural Theory and Museum Studies
17
Sociology and the Social Aspects of Museums
33
Rendering the Visible Legible
50
Practices and Narratives
64
Collecting Practices
81
of Scottish Ethnography in the Marischal Museum
93
The Language of Museum Space
282
New Media
302
Introduction
320
Museum Education
340
Thinking Beyond
353
Studying Visitors
362
Globalization Profession Practice
377
Cultural Economics
398

Time Memory and Museums
98
Washington DC
104
World Fairs and Museums
135
1876
138
Making and Remaking National Identities
152
the American Indian
155
Museums and Community
170
Restaging Histories and Identities
186
Heritage
198
Introduction
220
Untimely Meditations on
245
Museums and the Organization of Vision
263
The Museum Profession
415
Museum Ethics
431
Legal Issues
442
NonWestern Models of Museums and Curation
457
Introduction
474
Science Museums and the Culture Wars
494
Postmodern Restructurings
509
Exposing the Public
525
The Future of the Museum
543
Index
555
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About the author (2011)

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).

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