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A Companion to Museum Studies by Sharon Macdonald

By Sharon Macdonald

A better half to Museum reports 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 means of best figures from quite a number disciplines and theoretical stances-anthropology, paintings heritage, historical past, literature, sociology, cultural experiences, and museum stories proper.The booklet examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political governance, curatorial, historic and representational views. From conventional topics, together with house, reveal, structures, and gathering, to extra modern demanding situations and matters, equivalent to vacationing, trade, group and experimental exhibition types, this spouse proves itself an vital reference for paintings historians, museum curators, and artwork and tradition enthusiasts.

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The tendency of cultural theory-inspired museum critiques to ignore audiences or, 25 Rhiannon Mason alternatively, to imagine them as uncritical consumers reproduces some of the attitudes toward audiences of mass culture found in the early work of the Frankfurt School. The Frankfurt School, or the Institute of Social Research at the University of Frankfurt, was founded in 1923 and included many of the twentieth century’s most pre-eminent cultural critics such as Theodor Adorno (1903–69), Max Horkheimer (1892–1940), Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), and Herbert Marcuse (1898–1979).

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Part II: Histories, Heritage, Identities follows up and extends some of the concerns introduced in Part I through a focus on a range of aspects of museum history, including both histories of the museum and ways in which museums have, variously, represented and been the cultural repositories of history and heritage. This Part also looks further into one of the central dimensions of museums, raised in Part I, that of identities, especially – though not exclusively – in relation to national identities.

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