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By Sharon Macdonald

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A significant other to Museum stories captures a clean, multidisciplinary method of the examine of the improvement, roles, and value of museums in modern society. the amount collects authoritative unique essays by way of top figures from more than a few disciplines and theoretical stances-anthropology, paintings heritage, background, literature, sociology, cultural reports, and museum reports proper.The e-book examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political governance, curatorial, ancient and representational views. From conventional matters, together with area, show, constructions, and amassing, to extra modern demanding situations and issues, akin to traveling, trade, group and experimental exhibition varieties, this better half proves itself an vital reference for artwork historians, museum curators, and artwork and tradition fans.

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This chapter also leads directly into Part II, where questions of history are the subject of further examination. 16 CHAPTER TWO Cultural Theory and Museum Studies Rhiannon Mason Like many recent developments in the academy, cultural theory is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature and its disregard for traditional academic boundaries. Ideas linked to the term “cultural theory” are as likely to be found in geography or music seminars as in those of history, philosophy, literature, film, art, gallery, and museum studies.

Fyfe’s discussion of the “museum phenomenon” (see also chapter 1) takes us into discussion of heritage (see also chapter 13) and of “globalization” and “commodification” (see also chapter 23). The lucid account of changes in modes of displaying ethnographic materials, presented by Anthony Alan Shelton (chapter 5), includes an insightful outline of a range of what he calls “post-narrative” responses (including reflexive exhibitions) to the difficulties inherent in the display of such materials. Many of the temporal moves and strategies that Shelton presents can also be seen in relation to other types of museum (see also chapter 12 on history museums).

Lidchi (1997) also provides a useful definition of two other key museum studies terms: “poetics” and “politics” (Silverstone 1989; Karp and Lavine 1991). “Poetics” refers to “the practice of producing meaning through the internal ordering and conjugation of the separate but related components of an exhibition” (Lidchi 1997: 168). It includes how museums employ certain representational strategies to claim authenticity and mimic reality. The linked term “politics” refers to “the role of exhibitions/museums in the production of social knowledge” (1997: 185).

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