Museums, Societies and the Creation of Value focuses on the ways in which museums and the use of their collections have contributed to, and continue to be engaged with, value creation processes.
Including chapters from many of the leading figures in museum anthropology, as well as from outstanding early-career researchers, this volume presents a diverse range of international case studies that bridge the gap between theory and practice. It demonstrates that ethnographic collections and the museums that hold and curate them have played a central role in the value creation processes that have changed attitudes to cultural differences. The essays engage richly with many of the important issues of contemporary museum discourse and practice. They show how collections exist at the ever-changing point of articulation between the source communities and the people and cultures of the museum and challenge presentist critiques of museums that position them as locked into the time that they emerged.
Museums, Societies and the Creation of Value provides examples of the productive outcomes of collaborative work and relationships, showing how they can be mutually beneficial. The book will be of great interest to researchers and students engaged in the study of museums and heritage, anthropology, culture, Indigenous peoples, postcolonialism, history and sociology. It will also be of interest to museum professionals.
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Howard Morphy and Robyn McKenzie
Section I Making and Remaking of Collections
Chapter 1 Inalienable patrimony and museums: re-valuing the MacGregor collection
Chapter 2 The emergence of value in the process of the Sámi repatriation: Bååstede
Chapter 3 Colonial collections in British military museums: of objects, materiality and sentiment
Henrietta Lidchi and Nicole M. Hartwell
Chapter 4 Rephotography as a value creation technology in the nineteenth century: collecting, reproducing and exchanging
Section II Creating Value – Inside and Outside the Museum
Chapter 5 Aboriginal secret-sacred objects, their values and future prospects
Jason M. Gibson
Chapter 6 Systems of value in Vanuatu: reflections on the Ambae textile complex
Chapter 7 Displaying, creating and mobilizing value in a museum exhibition: Pacific Currents in Cambridge
Chapter 8 The revaluation of historical collections by source communities: the string figures of Yirrkala
Section III Engagement and Return
Chapter 9 ‘Go throw it in the river’, shifting values and the productive confusions of collaboration with museum collections
Joshua A. Bell
Chapter 10 Digital return of an ethnographic museum collection and value creation by an originating community in Baguia, Timor-Leste
Chapter 11 Digital/object/beings and 3D replication in the intercultural museum context: have you socialized your clones?
Section IV Indigenous Agency
Chapter 12 Value creation and museums from an Indigenous perspective
Chapter 13 Yolŋu pathways to value creation in museum and archival collections: the work and journey of Joseph Gumbula
Jessica de Largy Healy
Chapter 14 Creating value through cultural capital: ‘Witira Kanyila – "work as one to make it strong"’