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Museum Revolutions : How museums change and are changed - Simon Knell

Museum Revolutions

How museums change and are changed

By: Simon Knell (Editor), Suzanne MacLeod (Editor), Sheila Watson (Editor)


Published: 30th August 2007
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This single-volume museum studies reference title explores the ways in which museums are shaped and configured and how they themselves attempt to shape and change the world around them.

Written by a leading group of museum professionals and academics from around the world and including new research, the chapters reveal the diverse and subtle means by which museums engage and in so doing change and are changed. The authors span over 200 years discussing national museums, ecomuseums, society museums, provincial galleries, colonial museums, the showman's museum, and science centres. Topics covered include: disciplinary practices, ethnic representation, postcolonial politics, economic aspiration, social reform, indigenous models, conceptions of history, urban regeneration, sustainability, sacred objects, a sense of place, globalization, identities, social responsibility, controversy, repatriation, human remains, drama, learning and education.

Capturing the richness of the museum studies discipline, Museum Revolutions is the ideal text for museum studies courses, providing a wide range of interlinked themes and the latest thought and research from experts in the field. It is invaluable for those students and museum professionals who want to understand the past, present and future of the museum.

'The twenty-eight essays included in Museum Revolutions are written by an impressive international body of contributors!Museum Revolutions also clearly contributes to the literature in museum ethics, as the essays are rich in ethical topics such as the politics of representation, ecomuseums, repatriation, social responsibility, indigenous peoples and new museum models, treatment of human remains, and learning and difference ! I believe that Museum Revolutions is not only an ideal text for any museum history curriculum it is an important addition to any museum studies library.' -- Erin Peters, Institute of Museum Ethics

List of illustrationsp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
Introductionp. xix
Shaping museums and manifestosp. 1
Establishing the paradigmatic museum: Georges Cuvier's Cabinet d'anatomie comparée in Parisp. 3
William Bullock: inventing a visual language of objectsp. 15
Museums, fossils and the cultural revolution of science: mapping change in the politics of knowledge in early nineteenth-century Britainp. 28
Establishing the manifesto: art histories in the nineteenth-century museump. 48
Economic logic versus Enlightenment rationality: evolution of the museum-zoo-garden complex and the modern Indian city, 1843-1900p. 61
Occupying the architecture of the gallery: spatial, social and professional change at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1877-1933p. 72
Modernity and identity: the National Museum of Iranp. 87
Science centres: a museums studies approach to their development and possible future directionp. 105
Before 'Te Maori': a revolution deconstructedp. 117
Museums, social responsibility and the future we desirep. 134
Changing places, changing peoplep. 147
Making Pakeha histories in New Zealand museums: community and identity in the post-war periodp. 149
History museums, community identities and a sense of place: rewriting historiesp. 160
Museums and the shaping of cultural identities: visitors' recollections in local museums in Taiwanp. 173
Political and social influences affecting the sense of place in municipal museums in Portugalp. 189
Ecomuseums and sustainability in Italy, Japan and China: concept adaptation through implementationp. 198
Maori, museums and the Treaty of Waitangi: the changing politics of representation and controlp. 215
Cultural entrepreneurs, sacred objects and the living museums of Africap. 228
Charting the boundaries: indigenous models and parallel practices in the development of the post-museump. 235
Where to from here? Repatriation of indigenous human remains and 'The Museum'p. 250
Articulating change: media, message, philosophyp. 261
Beyond nostalgia: the role of affect in generating historical understanding at heritage sitesp. 263
Visitors and learning: adult museum visitors' learning identitiesp. 276
Museums - drama, ritual and powerp. 291
Critical museum pedagogy and exhibition development: a conceptual first stepp. 303
Learning at the museum frontiers: democracy, identity and differencep. 315
Moral lessons and reforming agendas: history museums, science museums, contentious topics and contemporary societiesp. 330
'Who knows the fate of his bones?' Rethinking the body on display: object, art or human remains?p. 343
From the document to the monument: museums and the philosophy of historyp. 355
Education, postmodernity and the museump. 367
Indexp. 378
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ISBN: 9780415444675
ISBN-10: 0415444675
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 30th August 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.4  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1