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Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies #33: A Companion to Museum Studies

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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.

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

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 ix

Notes on Contributors xii

Acknowledgments xix

Bibliographical Note xx

1 Expanding Museum Studies: An Introduction 1

Sharon Macdonald

Part I Perspectives, Disciplines, Concepts 13

Introduction 14

2 Cultural Theory and Museum Studies 17

Rhiannon Mason

3 Sociology and the Social Aspects of Museums 33

Gordon Fyfe

4 Art History and Museology: Rendering the Visible Legible 50

Donald Preziosi

5 Museums and Anthropologies: Practices and Narratives 64

Anthony Alan Shelton

6 Collecting Practices 81

Sharon Macdonald

7 The Conundrum of Ephemerality: Time, Memory, and Museums 98

Susan A. Crane

Part II Histories, Heritage, Identities 111

Introduction 112

8 The Origins of the Public Museum 115

Jeffrey Abt

9 World Fairs and Museums 135

Robert W. Rydell

10 Making and Remaking National Identities 152

Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan

11 Museums and Community 170

Elizabeth Crooke

12 Re-staging Histories and Identities 186

Rosmarie Beier-de Haan

13 Heritage 198

Steven Hoelscher

Part III Architecture, Space, Media 219

Introduction 220

14 Museum Architecture: A Brief History 223

Michaela Giebelhausen

15 Insight versus Entertainment: Untimely Meditations on the Architecture of Twentieth-century Art Museums 245

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani

16 Civic Seeing: Museums and the Organization of Vision 263

Tony Bennett

17 Space Syntax: The Language of Museum Space 282

Bill Hillier and Kali Tzortzi

18 New Media 302

Michelle Henning

Part IV Visitors, Learning, Interacting 319

Introduction 320

19 Living in a Learning Society: Museums and Free-choice Learning 323

John H. Falk, Lynn D. Dierking, and Marianna Adams

20 Museum Education 340

George E. Hein

21 Interactivity: Thinking Beyond 353

Andrea Witcomb

22 Studying Visitors 362

Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Part V Globalization, Profession, Practice 377

Introduction 378

23 Globalization: Incorporating the Museum 381

Mark W. Rectanus

24 Cultural Economics 398

Bruno S. Frey and Stephan Meier

25 The Museum Profession 415

Patrick J. Boylan

26 Museum Ethics 431

Tristram Besterman

27 Museum Practice: Legal Issues 442

Patty Gerstenblith

28 Non-Western Models of Museums and Curation in Cross-cultural Perspective 457

Christina Kreps

Part VI Culture Wars, Transformations, Futures 473

Introduction 474

29 Incivilities in Civil(-ized) Places: "Culture Wars" in Comparative Perspective 477

Steven C. Dubin

30 Science Museums and the Culture Wars 494

Steven Conn

31 Postmodern Restructurings 509

Nick Prior

32 Exposing the Public 525

Mieke Bal

33 The Future of the Museum 543

Charles Saumarez Smith

Index 555

Product Details

ISBN:
9781444334050
Author:
Macdonald, Sharon
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
MacDonald, Sharon
Subject:
Museum theory, museum history, heritage, architecture, exhibition, museum collection, museology, museum practice
Subject:
Museum & Heritage Studies
Subject:
Architecture-Architects
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies
Series Volume:
33
Publication Date:
20100817
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
241.6 x 173.1 x 27.1 mm 40 oz

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  • 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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