Museum and Heritage Studies

New and Key Titles 2014

Museum Meanings Series

  1. Critical Practice

    Artists, museums, ethics

    By Janet Marstine

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Critical Practice: Artists, Museums, Ethics is an ambitious work that blurs the boundaries among art history, museum studies, political science and applied ethics. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to represent key developments in institutional critique as they impact museums. The book...

    To Be Published April 29th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Museum as Process

    Translating Local and Global Knowledges

    Edited by Raymond Silverman

    Series: Museum Meanings

    The museum has become a vital strategic space for negotiating ownership of and access to knowledges produced in local settings. Museum as Process presents community-engaged "culture work" of a group of scholars whose collaborative projects consider the social spaces between the museum and community...

    Published August 25th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Museums and Migration

    History, Memory and Politics

    Edited by Laurence Gourievidis

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Recent decades have seen migration history and issues increasingly featured in museums. Museums and Migration explores the ways in which museum spaces - local, regional, national - have engaged with the history of migration, including internal migration, emigration and immigration. It presents the...

    Published June 16th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Museums and Social Activism

    Engaged Protest

    By Kylie Message

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Museums and Social Activism is the first study to bring together historical accounts of the African American and later American Indian civil rights-related social and reform movements that took place on the Smithsonian Mall through the 1960s and 1970s in Washington DC with the significant but...

    Published October 14th 2013 by Routledge

  5. 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 October 31st 2007 by Routledge

  6. Museums and Community

    Ideas, Issues and Challenges

    By Elizabeth Crooke

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Combining research that stretches across all of the social sciences and international case studies, Elizabeth Crooke here explores the dynamics of the relationship between the community and the museum. Focusing strongly on areas such as Northern Ireland, South Africa, Australia and North...

    Published February 5th 2008 by Routledge

  7. Rethinking Evolution in the Museum

    Envisioning African Origins

    By Monique Scott

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Rethinking Evolution in the Museum explores the ways diverse natural history museum audiences imagine their evolutionary heritage. In particular, the book considers how the meanings constructed by audiences of museum exhibitions are a product of dynamic interplay between museum iconography and...

    Published November 15th 2007 by Routledge

  8. Recoding the Museum

    Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change

    By Ross Parry

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Why has it taken so long to make computers work for the museum sector? And why are museums still having some of the same conversations about digital technology that they began back in the late 1960s? Does there continue to be a basic ‘incompatibility’ between the practice of the museum and the...

    Published November 16th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Heritage and Identity

    Engagement and Demission in the Contemporary World

    Edited by Marta Anico, Elsa Peralta

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Heritage and Identity explores the complex ways in which heritage actively contributes to the construction and representation of identities in contemporary societies, providing a comprehensive account of the diverse conceptions of heritage and identity across different continents and cultures....

    Published November 26th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Museums, Equality and Social Justice

    Edited by Richard Sandell, Eithne Nightingale

    Series: Museum Meanings

    The last two decades have seen concerns for equality, diversity, social justice and human rights move from the margins of museum thinking and practice, to the core. The arguments – both moral and pragmatic – for engaging diverse audiences, creating the conditions for more equitable access to museum...

    Published April 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  11. Museums in a Troubled World

    Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse?

    By Robert R. Janes

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Are Museums Irrelevant? Museums are rarely acknowledged in the global discussion of climate change, environmental degradation, the inevitability of depleted fossil fuels, and the myriad local issues concerning the well-being of particular communities – suggesting the irrelevance of museums as...

    Published May 17th 2009 by Routledge

  12. 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 18th 2005 by Routledge

  13. 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 30th 2005 by Routledge

  14. 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

  15. 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 22nd 2003 by Routledge

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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 16th 1998 by Routledge

  20. 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 11th 1998 by Routledge

  21. Colonialism and the Object

    Empire, Material Culture and the Museum

    Edited by Tim Barringer, Tom Flynn

    Series: Museum Meanings

    Drawing together an international group of scholars from a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, Colonialism and the Object explores the impact of colonial contact with other cultures on the material culture of both the colonized and the imperial nation. The book includes intensive...

    Published December 17th 1997 by Routledge