Museums in the Material World  book cover
1st Edition

Museums in the Material World

Edited By

Simon Knell

ISBN 9780415416993
Published September 12, 2007 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book 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

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