Museums, Society, Inequality (Museum Meanings)
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Museums, Society, Inequality explores the wide-ranging social roles and responsibilities of the museum.
It brings together international perspectives to stimulate critical debate, inform the work of practitioners and policy makers, and to advance recognition of the purpose, responsibilities and value to society of museums.
Museums, Society, Inequality examines the issues and:
- offers different understandings of the social agency of the museum
- presents ways in which museums have sought to engage with social concerns, and instigate social change
- imagines how museums might become more useful to society in future.
This book is essential for all museum academics, practitioners and students.
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 difference, museum pedagogy can become a critical pedagogy. (Hooper-Greenhill 2000: 148) As a medium for mass communication and with a powerful, perceived cultural authority or ‘weight’ (Macdonald 1998: xi) the museum’s potential as an agent of change is, perhaps, underestimated. Within the framework illustrated in Figure 1.1, the role that museums can play at a societal level is based on the notion of culture as generative. As Eilean
experience other than just being in an educational center. Still some viewers get offended, feeling that they are preached at. Others get angry for not knowing (what they feel the museum should tell them). Our obsession with democracy tells us everyone has the same right, but people enter museums with very different levels of experience, and there’s no simple solution to giving everybody the best experience. (Artner 1999) Wood believes art museums, must offer a range of solutions, using the best
poets, artists and craftspeople often neglect to point out when the illustrious were also unusual in the way they walked or spoke. Disabled history can in this sense be regarded as part of a phenomenon known as ‘hidden history’. This deﬁnition comes from Anne Laurence: 85 Annie Delin The term Hidden History is used when the history of a hitherto neglected group begins to appear: as, for example, in the case of black history, women’s history, lesbian and gay history . . . The phrase is not
available to them. Others explore the agency of the museum as more broadly deﬁned to consider its impact on and value to society. Some contributors consider speciﬁc manifestations of inequality and the museum’s responsibilities and potential contributions towards addressing them. Though approaches differ, they are all underpinned by acknowledgment that museums are fundamentally social institutions that inﬂuence and respond to the changing characteristics and concerns of society. They reﬂect a
good history in a form that allowed and encouraged its transformation into a tool for contemporary living. This is what we are attempting at the Tenement Museum. Using history to teach English, welcome, acculturate and empower immigrants Learning that area immigrants wait up to three years for places in free English classes, the Museum initiated its own. Our curriculum utilises the diaries, letters and memoirs of earlier immigrants. ‘I not only learned English,’ said a recent graduate, ‘I