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Museums and the Public Sphere

By: Jennifer Barrett

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Sep 2012 | #190297 | ISBN-13: 9781444327922
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Museums and the Public Sphere investigates the role of museums in England, Hong Kong, Australia and the United States in engaging in public discourse, and gauges their ability to operate as sites of democratic public space. * Explores the role of museums around the world as sites of public discourse and democracy * Examines the changing idea of the museum in relation to other public sites and spaces, including community cultural centers, public halls and the internet * Offers a sophisticated portrait of the public, and how it is realized, invoked, and understood in the museum context * Includes relevant examples and discussions of how museums can engage with their publics' in more complex, productive ways


List of Images. Introduction. 1. The Public Sphere. 2. Historical Discourses of the Museum. 3. The Museum as Public Space. 4. Audience, Community, and Public. 5. The Museum as Public Intellectual. Conclusion. References. Acknowledgments. Index.

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Jennifer Barrett is the Director of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and currently collaborates with the University of Hong Kong on a museum studies program to support developments in their museum sector. She is the editor, with Caroline Butler-Bowden, of Debating the City: An Anthology (2001).

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