A Museums Studies Approach to Heritage

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Heritage's revival as a respected academic subject has, in part, resulted from an increased awareness and understanding of indigenous rights and non-Western philosophies and practices, and a growing respect for the intangible. Heritage has thus focused on management, tourism and the traditionally `heritage-minded' disciplines, such as archaeology and geography, social and cultural theory. Scholarly work in this area has been in support of identity and community cohesion, as well as championing new approaches to ethics and values.

Widening the scope of international heritage studies by drawing on a range of disciplines as well as the best from established sources, A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage explores heritage through new areas of knowledge including emotion and affect, the politics of dissent, migration and intercultural and participatory dimensions of heritage. It includes writing not typically recognised as `heritage' but which, nevertheless, adds something significant to heritage debates: what heritage is, what it can do, how it works and for whom. The book includes heritage perspectives from beyond the professional sphere, serving as a reminder that heritage is not just the concern of the academic, but is a deeply felt and keenly valued public and private practice. This blending of traditional topics and emerging trends, established theory and concepts from other disciplines offers readers international views of the past and future of this growing field.

A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage is an introductory reader for postgraduate students of heritage studies, museum studies and everyone interested in how we conceptualise and use the past.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 760 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 Line drawings, black and white; 37 Halftones, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white
  • 1138950939
  • 9781138950931

Table of contents

Table of contents

Series preface



List of contributors


Sheila Watson, Amy Jane Barnes and Katy Bunning

Part One Heritage contexts, past and present

Heritage contexts, past and present: Introduction

Amy Jane Barnes

David Harvey

Heritage Pasts and Heritage Presents: temporality, meaning and the scope of heritage studies

Anna Woodham

Museum Studies and Heritage: Independent museums and the `heritage debate' in the UK

Alan Bennett

People [extracts]

Tiffany Jenkins

The crisis of cultural authority

Editorial Collective/Raphael Samuel

Editorials: History Workshop Journal

Raphael Samuel


Ceri Jones

Understanding our encounters with heritage: the value of "historical consciousness"

Cintia Velazquez Marroni

Weighing up intangible heritage: A view from Ise

Simon Richards

From monument to cultural patrimony: The concepts and practices of heritage in Mexico

Gudrun D. Whitehead

We come from the land of the ice and snow: Icelandic heritage and its usage in present day society

Arleen Pabon

Por la encendida calle antillana: Africanisms and Puerto Rican architecture

Peter Probst

Iconoclash in the age of heritage [extracts]

Part Two Authenticity and tourism

Authenticity and tourism: Introduction

Sheila Watson

Timothy Landry

Touring the Slave Route: Inaccurate Authenticities in Benin, West Africa

Jeanette Atkinson

Steampunking heritage: How Steampunk artists reinterpret museum collections

Mark Jones

Why Fakes?

Walter Benjamin

The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction

Eric Gable and Richard Handler

After authenticity at an American heritage site

Alexander Stille

Makeover for Mont-Saint-Michel

Stephen Greenblatt

Resonance and wonder

Regina Bendix

`Introduction' to In Search of Authenticity: The formation of folklore studies

Part Three Emotions and materiality

Emotions and materiality: Introduction

Sheila Watson

Clare Hemmings

Invoking affect

Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven

The Archaeology of Mind [extracts]

Sara Matthews

"The trophies of their wars": Affect and encounter at the Canadian War Museum

Joanne Maddern

Huddled Masses Yearning to Buy Postcards: The politics of producing heritage at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument.

Tony Kushner

The Holocaust and the Museum World in Britain: a study of ethnography

Gregory John Ashworth and Brian Graham

Senses of place, senses of time and heritage

Lynn Meskell

Making heritage pay in the Rainbow Nation

Anthony Smith

The concept and its varieties

Sandra Dudley

Materiality Matters: Experiencing the displayed object

Kathryn Woodward

Concepts of identity and difference

Sheila Watson

Emotional engagement in heritage sites and museums: Ghosts of the past and imagination in the present

Jeremy Black

The Third World

Nicola Gilman

Turkish Delight: Antonio Gala's La pasion turca as a Vision of Spain's Contested Islamic Heritage

Paul Readman

`The cliffs are not the cliffs': The cliffs of Dover and national identities in Britain, c.1750 - c.1950

Part Four Diversity and identity

Diversity and identity: Introduction

Katy Bunning

Simona Bodo

Museums as intercultural spaces

Marzia Varutti

Gradients of Alterity: Museums and the Negotiation of Cultural Difference in Contemporary Norway

Conal McCarthy, Rhiannon Mason, Christopher Whitehead, Jakob Ingemann Parby, Andre Cicalo, Philipp Schorch, Leslie Witz, Pablo Alonso Gonzalez, Naomi Roux, Eva Ambos and Cirai Rassool

Museums in a Global World: A Conversation on Museums, Heritage, Nation and Diversity in a Transnational Age

Jon Daehnke

Reflections on the Confluence Project: Assimilation, sustainability, and the perils of a shared heritage

Katy Bunning

Ethnic heritage for the nation: Debating "identity museums" on the National Mall

Neil Siberman

Heritage interpretation and human rights: documenting diversity, expressing identity, or establishing universal principles?

Malika Kraamer and Amy Jane Barnes

Un-placed heritage: Making identity through fashion

Part Five Participatory heritage

Participatory heritage: Introduction

Katy Bunning

Andrew Flinn and Anna Sexton

Research on community heritage: Moving from collaborative research to participatory and co-designed research practice

Corinne Perkin

Beyond the rhetoric: Negotiating the politics and realising the potential of community-driven heritage engagement

Anna Chiara Cimoli

From representation to participation: Inclusive practices, co-curating and the voice of the protagonists in some Italian migration museums

Serena Iervolino

Museums, trans youth and institutional change: Transforming heritage institutions through collaborative practice

Rachael debating visiey and John Schofield

Embrace the margins: Adventures in archaeology and homelessness

Nuala Morse, Morag Macpherson and Sophie Robinson

Developing dialogue in co-produced exhibitions: Between rhetoric, intentions and realities

Bryony Onciul

Community engagement, curatorial practice and museum ethos in Alberta, Canada

Part Six Contested histories and heritage

Contested histories and heritage: Introduction

Sheila Watson

Oliver Creighton

Contested townscapes: the walled city as World Heritage

Sharon Macdonald

Reassembling Nuremberg, reassembling heritage.

Erica Lehrer

Can there be a conciliatory heritage?

Paul Basu

Palimpsest memoryscapes: Materializing and mediating war and peace in Sierra Leone

Amy Jane Barnes

Representing the China Dream: A case study in revolutionary cultural heritage

Joan Beaumont

Contested trans-national heritage: the demolition of Changi Prison, Singapore

Elizabeth Crooke

The politics of community heritage: motivations, authority and control

James E. Phillips

"To Make the Dry Bones Live": Amedee Forestier's Glastonbury Lake Village

Barbara Bender

`Introduction' to Contested Landscapes: Movement, Exile and Place

Gediminis Lankauskas

Sensuous (re)collections: The sight and taste of socialism at Grutas Statue Park, Lithuania

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About Sheila Watson

Sheila Watson is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Museums Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.

Amy Jane Barnes is Research Associate in the School of Management and Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Museum Studies, both at the University of Leicester, UK.

Katy Bunning is Programme Director of the MA/ MSc in Heritage and Interpretation by Distance Learning, as well as of the MA/MSc in Museum Studies in the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK.
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