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Explores how social and cultural theory can bring new insight to debates about museums.
Introduction: Sharon Macdonald (Sheffield University). Part I: Contexts: Spaces and Times: 1. Museums and Globalization: Martin Prosler (Tubingen, Germany). 2. How Societies Remember the Past: John Urry (Lancaster University). Part II: Contests: Differences and Identities: 3. Museums as Contested Sites of Remembrance: The Enola Gay Affair: Vera Zolberg (New School of Social Research, New York). 4. Into the Heart of Irony: Ethnographic Exhibitions and the Politics of Difference: Henrietta Riegel (York University, Canada). 5. Seeing through Solidity: Feminist Perspectives on Museums: Gaby Porter (Manchester Museum of Science and Industry). 6. Decoding the Visitors' Gaze: Rethinking Museum Visiting: Gordon Fyfe and Max Ross (Keele University). Part III: Contents: Classifications and Practice: 7. The Utopics of Social Ordering: Stonehenge as a Museum without Walls: Kevin Hetherington (Keele University). 8. Maintaining Boundaries, or 'Mainstreaming' Black History in a White Museum: Eric Gable (Yale University). 9. A Trojan Horse at the Tate: Theorizing the Museum as Agency and Structure: Gordon Fyfe (Keele University).