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Museum Ethics in Practice

1st Edition

By Gary Edson


216 pages

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This volume is a guide to the difficult ethical questions museums work entails. While promoting the value of ethical theory and practice in museums, Edson tackles several key controversies and also corrects a number of prevailing misconceptions about museum ethics, such as the difference between social morals and professional ethics as they relate to the museum context.

Drawing on the author’s extensive teaching experience, Museum Ethics in Practice offers clear and practical guidance on the application of ethics to the museumprofession. Using example-driven arguments that incorporate varied case studiesfrom around the world, this book is an excellent resource for museum studiesstudents and professionals currently working in museums.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Practical Museum Ethics

Chapter 1 Ethics and the Museum

Chapter 2 Ethical Perspectives

Chapter 3 Ethics and Social Responsibility

Chapter 4 Ethical Practice

Chapter 5 Ethics and Consistency

Chapter 6 Ethics and Truth

Chapter 7 Ethics as Personal Standards

Chapter 8 Ethics and Professionalism

Chapter 9 Ethics and Predictability

Chapter 10 Ethics as a Code

Appendix: ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums

About the Author

Gary Edson is Professor Emeritus of the Center for Advanced Study of Museum Science and Heritage Management at the Museum of Texas Tech University, USA, where he was also Executive Director of the renowned museum for twenty-five years. He has worked closely with ICOM as a member of the Executive Council and member of the Ethics Committee, and continues to lecture internationally.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology