Museums and Difference

Museums and Difference

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Museums, modern concepts of culture, and ideas about difference arose together and are inextricably entwined. Relationships of difference-notably, of gender, ethnicity, nationality, and race-have become equally important concerns of scholarship in humanities and contemporary museum practice. Museums and Difference offers the perspectives of scholars and museum professionals in tandem, using the concept of difference to reexamine how museums construct themselves, their collections, and their publics. Essays explore a wide range of examples from around the world and from the 19th century to the present, including case studies of special exhibitions as well as broad surveys of institutions in Europe, the United States, and Japan.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 58 b&w photos
  • 0253219353
  • 9780253219350
  • 1,413,567

Table of contents


Introduction Daniel J. Sherman

Part 1. Representing Difference
1. Art Museums and Commonality: A History of High Ideals Andrew McClellan
2. "The Last Wild Indian in North America": Changing Museum Representations of Ishi Ira Jacknis
3. National Museums and Other Cultures in Modern Japan Angus Lockyer
4. Cultural Difference and Cultural Diversity: The Case of the Musee du Quai Branly Nelia Dias
5. Gunther von Hagens's Body Worlds: Exhibitionary Practice, German History, and Difference Peter M. McIsaac

Part 2. Representing Differently
6. Meta Warrick's 1907 "Negro Tableaux" and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory W. Fitzhugh Brundage
7. Skulls on Display: The Science of Race in Paris's Musee de l'Homme, 19281950 Alice L. Conklin
8. Dossier: "Inventing Race" in Los Angeles Ilona Katzew and Daniel J. Sherman
9. Living and Dying: Ethnography, Class, and Aesthetics in the British Museum Lissant Bolton
10. Museums and Historical Amnesia William H. Truettner

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. . . fascinating and probing treatments of issues that press on both museum workers and folklorists.October 15, 2008 -- Lee Haring * Brooklyn College (Emeritus) * Museum and Difference is about the role that museums play in shaping the stories that we tell about who we are and how we are different from other people. It is an interesting subject.Jan. 23, 2009 -- Matt Shinn * Museum Practice Magazine *
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About Daniel J. Sherman

Daniel J. Sherman is Professor of History and Director of the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is author of The Construction of Memory in Interwar France and editor (with Terry Nardin) of Terror, Culture, Politics (IUP, 2006).
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