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Museums, power, knowledge : selected essays

Tony Bennett (Author)
Few perspectives have invigorated the development of critical museum studies as much as Foucault's account of the relations between knowledge and power, and their role in processes of governing. Within this literature, Tony Bennett's work stands out as having marked a series of strategic engagements with Foucault's work to offer a critical genealogy of the public museum, providing an account of its nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century development that has been constantly alert to the politics of museums in the present. 'Museums, Power, Knowledge' brings together new research with a set of essays initially published in diverse contexts, making available for the first time the full range of Bennett's critical museology. Ranging across natural history, anthropological, art, geological and history museums and their precursors in earlier collecting institutions, it discusses museum practices in Britain, Australia, the USA, France and Japan. By doing so, the book offers a compelling account of the shifting political logics of museums over the modern period
Print Book, English, 2018
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2018
xiii, 340 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
9781138675896, 9781138675889, 113867589X, 1138675881
The exhibitionary complex
The multiplication of culture's utility
Museums, nations, empires, religions
Museums and progress : narrative, ideology, performance
Pasts beyond memories : the evolutionary museum, liberal government and the politics of prehistory
Pedagogic objects, clean eyes and popular instruction : on sensory regimes and museum didactics
Exhibition, difference and the logic of culture
The "shuffle of things" and the distribution of agency
Collecting, instructing, governing : fields, publics, milieus
Aesthetics, culture and the ordering of race : boas and the boasians
Re-collecting ourselves : indigenous time, culture, community and the museum