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Museums, Power, Knowledge : Selected Essays

Author: Tony Bennett
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Few perspectives have invigorated the development of critical museum studies over the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Bennett
ISBN: 9781315560380 1315560380
OCLC Number: 1004366522
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Title""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""List of figures and plates""; ""Preface""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""Note on the text""; ""Introduction: museums, power, knowledge""; ""Civic engines""; ""Machineries of modernity""; ""Assembling and governing cultures""; ""PART I Civic engines""; ""1 The exhibitionary complex""; ""Discipline, surveillance, spectacle""; ""Seeing things""; ""The exhibitionary disciplines""; ""The exhibitionary apparatuses""; ""Conclusion""; ""2 The multiplication of cultureâ#x80;#x99;s utility""; ""Cultureâ#x80;#x99;s civilising effect"" ""The catalogue versus the tour: art and the self-regulating subject""""Culture, liberal government and the prudential subject""; ""The bureaucratisation of art""; ""3 Museums, nations, empires, religions""; ""National/transnational intersections""; ""Museums and the relations between pastoral and governmental power""; ""Testing tolerances""; ""Conclusion""; ""PART II Machineries of modernity""; ""4 Museums and progress: narrative, ideology, performance""; ""Organised walking as evolutionary practice""; ""Progress and its performances""; ""Selective affinities""; ""Evolutionary automata"" ""One sex at a time""""5 Pasts beyond memories: the evolutionary museum, liberal government and the politics of prehistory""; ""The archaeological gaze of the historical sciences""; ""The archaeological construction of character and â#x80;#x98;new liberalismâ#x80;#x99;""; ""The architecture of the modern self""; ""The modern self, culture and society""; ""The museum as evolutionary accumulator""; ""In the slipstream of progress""; ""6 Pedagogic objects, clean eyes, and popular instruction: on sensory regimes and museum didactics""; ""From civic conversations to directed vision""; ""Governing the eye"" ""Roving eyes, glancing words""""7 Exhibition, difference and the logic of culture""; ""Museums, globalisation and public spheres""; ""The logic of culture: museums as â#x80;#x98;people moversâ#x80;#x99;""; ""Transforming the exhibitionary complex: museums, culture and difference""; ""Museums, culture, and contradiction""; ""PART III Assembling and governing cultures""; ""8 The â#x80;#x98;shuffle of thingsâ#x80;#x99; and the distribution of agency""; ""Introduction""; ""Spaces for, and forms of, agency""; ""Civic-public and biopolitical assemblages""; ""Time and the reshuffling of things"" ""9 Collecting, instructing, governing: fields, publics, milieus""""Colonial humanism and greater France: colonial and regional governmentalities""; ""Museum â#x80;#x93; field â#x80;#x93; public""; ""Governmental objects""; ""10 Aesthetics, culture and the ordering of race: Boas and the Boasians""; ""Assembling and ordering: cultures, bodies, populations""; ""The aesthetic ordering and differentiation of cultures""; ""The culture concept, race, and assimilation""; ""11 Re-collecting ourselves: Indigenous time, culture, community and the museum""; ""Contesting times, critical histories""
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"Few perspectives have invigorated the development of critical museum studies over the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries 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, offering 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, and spanning the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries in discussing museum practices in Britain, Australia, the USA, France and Japan, it offers a compelling account of the shifting political logics of museums over the modern period. As a collection that aims to bring together the 'signature' work of a museum theorist and historian whose work has long occupied a distinctive place in museum/society debates, Museums, Power, Knowledge will be of interest to researchers, teachers and students working in the fields of museum and heritage studies, cultural history, cultural studies and sociology, as well as museum professionals and museum visitors."--Provided by publisher.

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