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Reculturing Museums
Embrace Conflict, Create Change

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ISBN 9781598745221
February 4, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Reculturing Museums takes a unified sociocultural theoretical approach to analyze the many conflicts museums experience in the 21st century. Embracing conflict, Ash asks: What can practitioners and researchers do to create the change they want to see, when old systems remain stubbornly in place?

Using a unified sociocultural, cultural-historical, activity-theoretical approach to analyzing historically bound conflicts that plague museums, each chapter is organized around a central contradiction, including: finances ("Who will pay for museums?"; demographic shifts ("Who will come to museums?); the roles of narratives ("Whose story is it?"), ownership of objects ("Who owns the artifact?" as well as learning and teaching ("What is learning and how can we teach equitably?" The reculturing stance taken by Ash promotes social justice and equity, ‘making change’ first, within museums, called inreach, rather than outside the museum, called outreach; challenges existing norms; is sensitive to neoliberal and deficit ideologies; and pays attention to the structure agency dialectic.

Reculturing Museums will be essential reading for academics, students, museum practitioners, educational researchers, and others who care about museums and want to ensure that all people have equal access to the activities, objects, and ideas residing in them.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the main theories and themes of Reculturing Museums;  2. Why do we need theories?; 3. Who will go to museums?;  4. Who will pay for museums?;  5. Whose story is it?;  6. Who owns the artifact?;  7. Where is the learning and how do we view learners?;  8. What do we mean by equitable teaching in museums?;  9. How do we reculture an institution while old museums are still in place?

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Doris B. Ash is a Professor Emerita in science education in the education department at UC Santa Cruz. She received her MS in biology from Cornell University. Throughout her career she mentored many graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and taught in the science teacher pre-service programs helping to increase the emphasis of both meaningful content and social justice in science education.