A Companion to Museum Studies by Sharon Macdonald PDF

By Sharon Macdonald

ISBN-10: 1405108398

ISBN-13: 9781405108393

A spouse to Museum reviews captures a clean, multidisciplinary method of the learn of the advance, roles, and importance of museums in modern society. the amount collects authoritative unique essays through major figures from a number disciplines and theoretical stances-anthropology, paintings heritage, heritage, literature, sociology, cultural reviews, and museum reviews proper.The ebook examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political governance, curatorial, old and representational views. From conventional matters, together with area, exhibit, constructions, and gathering, to extra modern demanding situations and issues, corresponding to traveling, trade, group and experimental exhibition types, this better half proves itself an vital reference for paintings historians, museum curators, and artwork and tradition fanatics.

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The New Museology, pp. 149–71. London: Reaktion Books. Saumarez Smith, C. (1989) Museums, artefacts, and meanings. In P. ), The New Museology, pp. 6–21. London: Reaktion Books. Vergo, P. ) (1989) The New Museology. London: Reaktion Books. 12 PART ONE Perspectives, Disciplines, Concepts Introduction Many disciplines have important perspectives to bring to bear on the museum. Those represented in Part I are not intended to constitute an exclusive set. Elsewhere in this Companion, further disciplinary perspectives are specifically addressed: in particular, that of education in Part IV and that of cultural economics in Part V.

Pioneering directors and curators want to know what some of the exciting critical disciplinary and trans-disciplinary ideas can say to help them create innovative exhibitions. My own sense is that this is coming to supplant the idea, common over the past decade (though more so in some countries and types of museum than in others), that market research on visitors is the panacea for the museum’s ills. While understanding what might be wanted by visitors – and those who do not visit – is crucial to the successful museum enterprise, simply playing back what visitors might think that they already wish to see, tends to produce uninspired and quickly dated exhibitions.

Poststructuralists argue that this approach does not pay sufficient attention to change in meanings over time and within different contexts. Conversely, poststructuralist theory emphasizes change over time. This is particularly true of those branches interested in the cultural politics of difference and identity – for example, those 19 Rhiannon Mason working on feminism, queer theory, race, and class – because it enables them to draw attention to the power struggles involved in the attribution of meanings and the value systems attached to those meanings.

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