City museums and city development

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Ian Jones, Robert R. Macdonald, Darryl McIntyre
Rowman Altamira, Sep 26, 2008 - Business & Economics - 198 pages
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Traditionally, city museums have been keepers of city history. Many have been exercises in nostalgia, reflecting city pride. However, a new generation of museums focuses increasingly on the city's present and future as well as its past, and on the city in all of its diversity, challenges, and possibilities. Above all, these museums are gateways to understanding the city—our greatest and most complex creation and the place where half the world's population now lives. In this book, experts in the field explore this 'new' city museum and the challenge of contributing positively to city development.
 

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Contents

Chapter 01 Cities and Museums about Them
1
Chapter 02 City Museums and the Geopolitics of Globalization
16
Chapter 03 Museums of Cities and the Future of Cities
27
Museums Cities and Historical Representation
40
Chapter 05 The Prospect of a City Museum
60
Chapter 06 Thinking the Present Historically at the Museum of Sydney
75
Some Issues in Planning a Museum for the TwentyFirst Century
90
Chapter 08 Taipei City Museum in the Making
99
Chapter 09 Museums and Urban Renewal in Towns
114
The Museum Aspect
129
Chapter 11 Defining a Research Agenda for City Museums in a Peripheralizing World
136
Defining Attributes for the City Museum of Today
155
Index
181
About the Contributors
185
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Ian Jones is the Secretary of CAMOC (Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities), one of the international committees forming part of the International Council of Museums. Robert R. Macdonald is director emeritus, Museum of the City of New York, where he previously served as CEO for 17 years. Darryl McIntyre has been group director for public programs at the Museum of London since November 2003.

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