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Museums, Society, Inequality

1st Edition

Edited by Richard Sandell

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292 pages

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Description

Museums, Society, Inequality explores the wide-ranging social roles and responsibilities of the museum.

It brings together international perspectives to stimulate critical debate, inform the work of practitioners and policy makers, and to advance recognition of the purpose, responsibilities and value to society of museums.

Museums, Society, Inequality examines the issues and:

  • offers different understandings of the social agency of the museum
  • presents ways in which museums have sought to engage with social concerns, and instigate social change
  • imagines how museums might become more useful to society in future.

This book is essential for all museum academics, practitioners and students.

About the Editor

Richard Sandell is Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester and Research Associate of RCMG (Research Centre for Museums and Galleries)

About the Series

Museum Meanings

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies