Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference
By (author) Richard Sandell
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Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference by Richard Sandell
Book DescriptionHow, if it all, do museums shape the ways in which society understands difference? In recent decades there has been growing international interest amongst practitioners, academics and policy makers in the role that museums might play in confronting prejudice and promoting human rights and cross-cultural understanding. Museums in many parts of the world are increasingly concerned to construct exhibitions which represent, in more equitable ways, the culturally pluralist societies within which they operate, accommodating and engaging with differences on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, sexuality and so on. Despite the ubiquity of these trends, there is nevertheless limited understanding of the social effects, and attendant political consequences, of these purposive representational strategies. Richard Sandell combines interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives with in-depth empirical investigation to address a number of timely questions. How do audiences engage with and respond to exhibitions designed to contest, subvert and reconfigure prejudiced conceptions of social groups? To what extent can museums be understood to shape, not simply reflect, normative understandings of difference, acceptability and tolerance? What are the challenges for museums which attempt to engage audiences in debating morally charged and contested contemporary social issues and how might these be addressed? Sandell argues that museums frame, inform and enable the conversations which audiences and society more broadly have about difference and highlights the moral and political challenges, opportunities and responsibilities which accompany these constitutive qualities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415367493
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This title addresses issues surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries, a topic which is receiving much academic attention and is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for practitioners working in wide-ranging museums and related cultural organisations.
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Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference, Hardback (October 2006)» View all books by Richard Sandell
Draws on case studies and an array of international examples presenting a contribution of the significant role that museums can play in confronting prejudice and cross-cultural understanding.
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Author Biography - Richard Sandell
University of Leicester, UK
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