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Reflections of a culture broker : a view from the Smithsonian

Author: Richard Kurin
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1997.
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Is culture brokered like stocks, real estate, or marriage? In this engaging book, Richard Kurin shows that cultures are always mediated and indeed brokered by countries, organizations, communities, and individuals - all with their own vision of the truth and varying abilities to impose it on others. Arguing that cultural exhibits reflect a series of decisions about representing someone, someplace, and something,  Read more...
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Kurin, Richard, 1950-
Reflections of a culture broker.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1997
(OCoLC)605293006
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kurin
ISBN: 1560987898 9781560987895 156098757X 9781560987574
OCLC Number: 36393451
Description: xv, 315 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / I. Michael Heyman --
1. Prologue: Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief --
2. Introduction: Brokering Culture --
3. Brokering the Smithsonian's 150th Anniversary --
4. Making a Museum Object --
5. Exhibiting the Enola Gay --
6. What's With Anthropology? --
7. Debating Racially and Culturally Specific Museums --
8. The Festival on the Mall --
9. The Festival of India --
10. Brokering Post-Cold War Folklore --
11. America's Reunion on the Mall: A Presidential Inaugural --
12. O Jerusalem! --
13. Workers' Culture in the White House --
14. What Is It? The American South at the Olympics --
15. Conclusion: The New Study and Curation of Culture.
Responsibility: Richard Kurin.

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Written by the director of the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Studies, this book is not an "official" accounting of Smithsonian policies, activities, and decisions but a personal Read more...

 
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