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Museums, Society, Inequality : Museum Meanings (Paperback) - Richard Sandell

Museums, Society, Inequality

Museum Meanings (Paperback)

By: Richard Sandell (Editor)

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Published: 24th January 2002
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Museums, Society, Inequality explores the wide-ranging social roles and responsibilities of the museum. It brings together diverse international perspectives from across the globe (including Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Greece, the USA and the UK) which collectively seek to stimulate critical debate, to inform the work of practictioners and policy makers and to advance recognition of the agency of museums; their purpose, responsibilities and value to society. The notion that the cultural and the social are inextricably linked and more particularly, that museums have the potential to act as agents of social change is neither new nor radical. However debates claiming the museum's social agency, that have for many years been marginalized, have moved centre stage and fundamental questions about the museum's social purpose and responsibility, and in particular its potential to impact on both the indicators and the cases of social inequality, are subject to increasing scrutiny and debate. This challenging new work is divided into three parts. The first offers different understandings of the social agency of the museum. Whilst there is some consensus, with each contributor presenting recent thinking on the impact, both positive and negative, that musems have on society and the lives of specific individuals and communities. The second section presents ways in which museums have sought to engage with contemporary social concerns, to tackle specific manifestations of inequality and to act, in partnership with other agencies and with communities, in order to instigate social change. The final section begins to imagine the character of inclusive musuems and the processes that might be employed to enable them to become more relevant, effective and useful to society in the future. Though the authors hold wide-ranging perspectives on the museum's social role, they all acknowledge that museums both influence society and must also respond to its changing characteristics and concerns. This crucial new work is essential for all museum academics, practitioners and students.

Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xx
Museums and Society: Issues and Perspectivesp. 1
Museums and the Combating of Social Inequality: Roles, Responsibilities, Resistancep. 3
The Good Enough Visitorp. 24
Measuring Social Valuep. 41
Architectures of Inclusion: Museums, Galleries and Inclusive Communitiesp. 56
The Therapeutic Potential of Museums as Pathways to Inclusionp. 69
Buried in the Footnotes: the Absence of Disabled People in the Collective Imagery of Our Pastp. 84
Representing Lesbians and Gay Men in British Social History Museumsp. 98
Notep. 109
Remembering Ourselves in the Work of Museums: Trauma and the Place of the Personal in the Publicp. 110
Strategies for Inclusionp. 123
Harnessing the Power of Historyp. 125
Representing Diversity and Challenging Racism: the Migration Museump. 142
Referencesp. 152
Developing a Community of Practice: Museums and Reconciliation in Australiap. 153
The National Museums of Kenya and Social Responsibility: Working with Street Childrenp. 175
Museums and the Health of the Communityp. 182
Children's Museums in Hospitalsp. 190
Towards the Inclusive Museump. 201
Rethinking Heritage: Cultural Policy and Inclusionp. 203
Positioning the Museum for Social Inclusionp. 213
Maori and Museums: the Politics of Indigenous Recognitionp. 225
Inclusion and the Power of Representation: South African Museums and the Cultural Politics of Social Transformationp. 244
Notesp. 259
Indexp. 262
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ISBN: 9780415260602
ISBN-10: 0415260604
Series: Museum Meanings (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 24th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.99 x 17.53  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1