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Museum Meanings

Edited by Richard Sandell, Christina Kreps

Museums have undergone enormous changes in recent decades; an ongoing process of renewal and transformation bringing with it changes in priority, practice and role as well as new expectations, philosophies, imperatives and tensions that continue to attract attention from those working in, and drawing upon, wide ranging disciplines.

Museum Meanings presents new research that explores diverse aspects of the shifting social, cultural and political significance of museums and their agency beyond, as well as within, the cultural sphere. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and international perspectives and empirical investigation are brought to bear on the exploration of museums’ relationships with their various publics (and analysis of the ways in which museums shape – and are shaped by – such interactions).

Theoretical perspectives might be drawn from anthropology, cultural studies, art and art history, learning and communication, media studies, architecture and design and material culture studies amongst others. Museums are understood very broadly – to include art galleries, historic sites and other cultural heritage institutions – as are their relationships with diverse constituencies.

The focus on the relationship of the museum to its publics shifts the emphasis from objects and collections and the study of museums as text, to studies grounded in the analysis of bodies and sites; identities and communities; ethics, moralities and politics.

New and Published Books

11-20 of 21 results in Museum Meanings
  1. Museums and Education

    Purpose, Pedagogy, Performance

    By Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

    Series: Museum Meanings

    At the beginning of the 21st century museums are challenged on a number of fronts. The prioritisation of learning in museums in the context of demands for social justice and cultural democracy combined with cultural policy based on economic rationalism forces museums to review their educational...

    Published November 1st 2007 by Routledge

  2. Museum Texts

    Comunication Frameworks

    By Louise Ravelli

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Answering key questions in the study of how museums communicate, Louise Ravelli provides a set of frameworks to investigate the complexities of communication in museums: * What is an appropriate level of complexity for a written label?* Why do some choice in language make a more direct relation to...

    Published December 19th 2005 by Routledge

  3. Reshaping Museum Space

    Edited by Suzanne Macleod

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Reshaping Museum Space pulls together the views of an international group of museum professionals, architects, designers and academics highlights the complexity, significance and malleability of museum space, and provides reflections upon recent developments in museum architecture and...

    Published May 31st 2005 by Routledge

  4. Pasts Beyond Memory

    Evolution, Museums, Colonialism

    By Tony Bennett

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Contributing to current debates on relationships between culture and the social, and the the rapidly changing practices of modern museums as they seek to shed the legacies of both evolutionary conceptions and colonial science, this important new work explores how evolutionary museums developed in...

    Published May 20th 2004 by Routledge

  5. Liberating Culture

    Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Museums, Curation and Heritage Preservation

    By Christina Kreps

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Using examples of indigenous models from Indonesia, the Pacific, Africa and native North America, Christina Kreps illustrates how the growing recognition of indigenous curation and concepts of cultural heritage preservation is transforming conventional museum practice. Liberating Culture ...

    Published January 23rd 2003 by Routledge

  6. Re-Imagining the Museum

    Beyond the Mausoleum

    By Andrea Witcomb

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Re-Imagining the Museum presents new interpretations of museum history and contemporary museum practices. Through a range of case studies from the UK, North America and Australia, Andrea Witcomb moves away from the idea that museums are always 'conservative' to suggest they have a long history of...

    Published December 5th 2002 by Routledge

  7. Museums, Society, Inequality

    Edited by Richard Sandell

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Museums, Society, Inequality explores the wide-ranging social roles and responsibilities of the museum. It brings together international perspectives to stimulate critical debate, inform the work of practitioners and policy makers, and to advance recognition of the purpose, responsibilities and...

    Published January 24th 2002 by Routledge

  8. Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture

    By Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

    Series: Museum Meanings

    This is a multi-disciplinary study that adopts an innovative and original approach to a highly topical question, that of meaning-making in museums, focusing its attention on pedagogy and visual culture.This work explores such questions as: How and why is it that museums select and arrange...

    Published September 28th 2000 by Routledge

  9. Museum, Media, Message

    Edited by Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Collecting together a group of talented writers, Museum, Media, Message considers, in depth, the most up-to-date approaches to museum communication including: museums as media; museums and audience; and the evaluation of museums. Addressing the need for museums to develop better knowledge of...

    Published December 17th 1998 by Routledge

  10. Learning in the Museum

    By George E. Hein

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Learning in the Museum examines major issues and shows how research in visitor studies and the philosophy of education can be applied to facilitate a meaningful educational experience in museums. Hein combines a brief history of education in public museums, with a rigorous examination of how the...

    Published March 12th 1998 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Critical Practice: Artists, museums, ethics
    By Janet Marstine
    To Be Published December 31st 2015

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