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Museum Meanings

About the Series

Museums have undergone enormous changes in recent decades; an ongoing process of renewal and transformation bringing with it changes in priority, practice and role, as well as new expectations, philosophies, imperatives and tensions that continue to attract attention from those working in, and drawing upon, wide-ranging disciplines.

Museum Meanings presents new research that explores diverse aspects of the shifting social, cultural and political significance of museums and their agency beyond, as well as within, the cultural sphere. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and international perspectives and empirical investigation are brought to bear on the exploration of museums’ relationships with their various publics (and analysis of the ways in which museums shape – and are shaped by – such interactions).

Theoretical perspectives might be drawn from anthropology, cultural studies, art and art history, learning and communication, media studies, architecture and design and material culture studies, amongst others. Museums are understood very broadly – including art galleries, historic sites and other cultural heritage institutions – as are their relationships with diverse constituencies.

The Series Editors invite proposals that explore the political and social significance of museums and their ethical implications. If you have an idea for a book that you think would be appropriate for the series, then please contact the Series Editors to discuss further.

32 Series Titles

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Museum as Process Translating Local and Global Knowledges

Museum as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges

1st Edition

Edited By Raymond Silverman
August 27, 2014

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...

Museums and Migration History, Memory and Politics

Museums and Migration: History, Memory and Politics

1st Edition

Edited By Laurence Gourievidis
June 11, 2014

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 ...

Museums and Social Activism Engaged Protest

Museums and Social Activism: Engaged Protest

1st Edition

By Kylie Message
December 04, 2013

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 ...

Museums, Equality and Social Justice

Museums, Equality and Social Justice

1st Edition

Edited By Richard Sandell, Eithne Nightingale
June 12, 2012

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...

Liberating Culture Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Museums, Curation and Heritage Preservation

Liberating Culture: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Museums, Curation and Heritage Preservation

1st Edition

By Christina Kreps
March 21, 2003

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 ...

Museum, Media, Message

Museum, Media, Message

1st Edition

Edited By Eilean Hooper-Greenhill
February 11, 1999

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 ...

Colonialism and the Object Empire, Material Culture and the Museum

Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum

1st Edition

Edited By Tim Barringer, Tom Flynn
January 16, 1998

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 ...

Museum Making Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions

Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions

1st Edition

Edited By Suzanne Macleod, Laura Hourston Hanks, Jonathan Hale
April 06, 2012

Over recent decades, many museums, galleries and historic sites around the world have enjoyed an unprecedented level of large-scale investment in their capital infrastructure, in building refurbishments and new gallery displays. This period has also seen the creation of countless new purpose-built ...

Museums in a Troubled World Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse?

Museums in a Troubled World: Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse?

1st Edition

By Robert R. Janes
June 26, 2009

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 ...

Heritage and Identity Engagement and Demission in the Contemporary World

Heritage and Identity: Engagement and Demission in the Contemporary World

1st Edition

Edited By Marta Anico, Elsa Peralta
January 08, 2009

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. ...

Museums and Community Ideas, Issues and Challenges

Museums and Community: Ideas, Issues and Challenges

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Crooke
March 07, 2008

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 ...

Museums and Education Purpose, Pedagogy, Performance

Museums and Education: Purpose, Pedagogy, Performance

1st Edition

By Eilean Hooper-Greenhill
December 21, 2007

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 ...

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