New Museum Theory and Practice is an original collection of essays with a unique focus: the contested politics and ideologies of museum exhibition. It contains 12 original essays that contribute to the field while creating a collective whole for course use. It discusses theory through vivid examples and historical overviews. It offers guidance on how to put theory into practice. It covers a range of museums around the world: from art to history, anthropology to music, as well as historic houses, cultural centres, virtual sites, and commercial displays that use the conventions of the museum. The authors come from the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia, and from a variety of fields that inform cultural studies.
This book offers a fresh approach to teaching museum studies - combining a synoptic view of prevailing museum theories with pragmatic end of chapter review questions. -- Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, New York University "An excellent book for students of museums. In developing a creative and effective analytical toolkit for critical museum visitors, this original volume will also prove essential for aspiring museum professionals." -- Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, University of Leicester
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