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Museums and the making of "ourselves" : the role of objects in national identity

Author: Flora S Kaplan
Publisher: London ; New York : Leicester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1994.
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This volume presents 14 original case studies from as many countries, written by archaeologists, art historians, historians, and museologists. It sees museums, their collections, and exhibitions as both products and agents of social change, and suggests museums themselves be analysed as important social institutions--where contested access to means of publicly defining self, cultural and national identity takes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Museums and the making of "ourselves".
London ; New York : Leicester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1994
(OCoLC)619573065
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Flora S Kaplan
ISBN: 071851775X 9780718517755
OCLC Number: 29703275
Description: xi, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Paradise regained : the role of Pacific museums in forging national identity / Adrienne L. Kaeppler --
Nigerian museums : envisaging culture as national identity / Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan --
Contested identities : museums and the nation in Australia / Margaret Anderson and Andrew Reeves --
Archaeology and the establishment of museums in Saudi Arabia / Abdullah H. Masry --
History and patriotism in the National Museum of Mexico / Luis Gerardo Morales-Moreno --
The "Caribbeanization" of the West Indies : the museum's role in the development of national identity / Alissandra Cummins --
Nostalgia for a gilded past? Museums in Minas Gerais, Brazil / J.P. Dickenson --
The first Greek museums and national identity / Maria Avgouli --
Old wine in new bottles, and the reverse / Douglas Newton --
Portuguese art treasures, medieval women and the formation of museum collections / Madalena Braz Teixeira. Archaeological museums in Israel : reflections on problems of national identity / Magen Broshi --
Repatriation of cultural heritage : the African experience / Ekpo Eyo --
The case for wampum : repatriation from the Museum of the American Indian to the Six Nations Confederacy, Brantford, Ontario, Canada / George H.J. Abrams --
Anthropology and the kistapi waksin syndrome : distortions in interpreting subsistence patterns among Mississippian State, Coast Salish, and Haida complex societies and other simpler societies in North America / Howard D. Winters.
Responsibility: edited by Flora E.S. Kaplan.

Abstract:

This volume presents 14 original case studies from as many countries, written by archaeologists, art historians, historians, and museologists. It sees museums, their collections, and exhibitions as both products and agents of social change, and suggests museums themselves be analysed as important social institutions--where contested access to means of publicly defining self, cultural and national identity takes place--among elites, would-be elites, ethnic, and other constituent groups in society. Also chronicled are the important roles objects play in forging nation-states, in promoting national agendas, and in embodying the values and very "idea" of a group or a people.

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