Liberating Culture: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Museums, Curation, and Heritage Preservation

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Social Science - 185 pages
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Using examples of indigenous models from Indonesia, the Pacific, Africa and native North America, Christina Kreps illustrates how the growing recognition of indigenous curation and concepts of cultural heritage preservation is transforming conventional museum practice.

Liberating Culture explores the similarities and differences between Western and non-Western approaches to objects, museums, and curation, revealing how what is culturally appropriate in one context may not be in another.

For those studying museum culture across the world, this book is essential reading.

  

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Contents

The Eurocentric museum model in the nonEuropean world
20
Indigenous models of museums curation and concepts
46
Native Americans
79
Museums culture and development
114
Comparative muscology and crosscultural heritage
145
Notes
161
Index
179
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About the author (2003)

Christina F. Kreps is Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver.

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