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 more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 58 b&w photos
  • 0253219353
  • 9780253219350
  • 1,315,532

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"[D]emonstrates both the centrality and rapidly changing significance of difference in museum practice and poses a number of critical questions for future scholarship, such as, for example, whether or not aesthetic distinctions can ever be employed in museums in a manner that does not privilege the identity of one or another social group. -David O'Brien, University of Illinois at Urban" -Champaign "... fascinating and probing treatments of issues that press on both museum workers and folklorists." -Lee Haring, Brooklyn College (Emeritus), Journal of Folklore Research, October 15, 2008 "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." -Matt Shinn, Museum Practice Magazine, Times Literary Supplement, Jan. 23, 2009show more

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).show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction Daniel J. ShermanPart 1. Representing Difference1. Art Museums and Commonality: A History of High Ideals Andrew McClellan2. "The Last Wild Indian in North America": Changing Museum Representations of Ishi Ira Jacknis3. National Museums and Other Cultures in Modern Japan Angus Lockyer4. Cultural Difference and Cultural Diversity: The Case of the Musee du Quai Branly Nelia Dias5. Gunther von Hagens's Body Worlds: Exhibitionary Practice, German History, and Difference Peter M. McIsaacPart 2. Representing Differently6. Meta Warrick's 1907 "Negro Tableaux" and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory W. Fitzhugh Brundage7. Skulls on Display: The Science of Race in Paris's Musee de l'Homme, 19281950 Alice L. Conklin8. Dossier: "Inventing Race" in Los Angeles Ilona Katzew and Daniel J. Sherman9. Living and Dying: Ethnography, Class, and Aesthetics in the British Museum Lissant Bolton10. Museums and Historical Amnesia William H. TruettnerContributorsIndexshow more

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