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Museums in the Material World

1st Edition

Edited by Simon Knell

Routledge

392 pages

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Description

Museums in the Material World seeks to both introduce classic and thought-provoking pieces and contrast them with articles which reveal grounded practice. The articles are selected from across the full breadth of museum disciplines and are linked by a logical narrative, as detailed in the section introductions.

The choice of articles reveals how the debate has opened up on disciplinary practice, how the practices of the past have been critiqued and in some cases replaced, how it has become necessary to look beyond and outside disciplinary boundaries, and how old practices can in many circumstances continue to have validity.

Museums in the Material World is about broadening horizons and moving museum studies students, and others, beyond the narrow confines of their own disciplinary thinking or indeed any narrow conception of collections. In essence, this is a book about the practice of interpretation and will therefore be of great use to those students and museum practitioners involved in the field of material culture in museums.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Empiricism, Context and Expertise Section 2: Politics, Subjectivity and Interpretation Section 3: Possession, Consumption and Identity Section 4: Time, Change and Transient Meanings

About the Editor

Simon Knell is Head of Department at the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

About the Series

Leicester Readers in Museum Studies

Leicester Readers in Museum Studies was launched in 1994 under the editorship of Professor Susan Pearce, the then Head of the Department of Museum Studies. Having continuously developed subject bibliographies since its founding in 1966, in the late 1980s the Department converted these into study packs of published materials for students. These became the basis of the first series of Readers. It was determined that each volume should have a strong editorial vision which would be expressed in a significant introductory essay and in section introductions. Professor Eilean Hooper-Greenhill followed Sue Pearce as series editor. In 2007, Simon Knell became editor of a newly designed and more thematically diverse second series. He invited editors from outside the Leicester department.

Launched in 2019, the third series is focused on the publication of new - rather than previously published - material and with a renewed energy to reflect thought and practice globally. The series welcomes proposals from prospective editors, wherever they may be, who seek to meet the series’ objectives:

  • To produce edited volumes for students, professionals and others who wish to obtain an overview of contemporary thought and practice in the fields of museum, gallery, heritage and curatorial studies.
  • To edit volumes composed entirely or almost entirely of new work. This new work includes writing that seeks to survey, curate and summarise an area of interest; it need not be work that seeks to innovate. The series will also consider the inclusion of previously published work where this work might currently be viewed as obscure, inaccessible or only published in a foreign language.
  • To shape volumes with a strong editorial vision that include a substantial and authoritative introduction that reflects on the content of the book and the book’s subject. It is expected that all books in the series will have a strong sectional structure and include section introductions.
  • To embrace the Leicester vision for inclusive and egalitarian engagement. Contributions to the series may seek to criticise, deconstruct or analyse hegemonic positions and hierarchies, though it is not a requirement to do so. The series will not seek to sustain them.

If you have an idea for a book that you think would be appropriate for the series, then please contact the Series Editor, Simon Knell ([email protected]), to discuss further.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS100000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology