Museum Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century

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Hugh H. Genoways
Rowman Altamira, 2006 - Education - 299 pages
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What underlying philosophy and mission should museums pursue in the first half of the twenty-first century? In Museum Philosophy, twenty-four authors use the lenses of a variety of disciplines to answer this essential question. Museum professionals offer their answers alongside philosophers, historians, political scientists, educators, sociologists, and others in a wide-ranging exploration of institutions from art museums to zoos. Hugh Genoway's book offers philosophical and ethical guidelines, describes the ways specific institutions illustrate different philosophies, examines major divisions in the museum community, and explores outreach and engagement between the museum and its larger community. Both established museum professionals and students of museum studies will benefit from this insightful look into the foundations and future of their field.
 

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Contents

Assuming Responsibility Lessons from Aesthetics
1
Mind as Verb
11
The Museum Where Civilizations Clash or Clash Civilizes?
19
Legal and Ethical Considerations in Museum Acquisitions
27
Connection Recollection and Museum Missions
47
Museums and Restlessness
59
Philosophy and the Ends of the Museum
69
The Moral Obligations Incumbent upon Institutions Administrators and Directors in Maintaining and Caring for Museum Collections
79
African American Museums in the Twentyfirst Century
151
Learning by Looking The Future of Museums
161
A Plea for Silence Putting Art Back into the Art Museum
165
Values Advocacy and Science Toward an Empirical Philosophy for Zoo and Aquarium Leadership
177
Current Trends in Governance and Management of Museums in Europe
201
To Members of the Museum Profession
221
The Power of Museum Pedagogy
235
Defining Our Museum Audience An Extraordinary Opportunity
247

As Long as the Grass Will Grow My Teaching Philosophy
99
Science Centers Creating a Platform for Twentyfirst Century Innovation
107
Renewing the Social Contract at Berkeley
117
Museums and Injustice
127
Open Minds Inclusive Practice
139
How Can Museums Attract Visitors in the Twentyfirst Century?
255
Community Choices Museum Concerns
267
Index
275
About the Contributors
283
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Hugh H. Genoways is Professor of Museum Studies and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has co-written Museum Administration with Lynne M. Ireland, published by AltaMira Press in 2003. He is also the editor of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals.

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