Museums and the Public Sphere

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 24, 2011 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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Museums and the Public Sphere investigates the role of museums around the world as sites of democratic public space.
  • Explores the role of museums around the world as sites of public discourse and democracy
  • Examines the changing idea of the museum in relation to other public sites and spaces, including community cultural centers, public halls and the internet
  • Offers a sophisticated portrait of the public, and how it is realized, invoked, and understood in the museum context
  • Offers relevant case studies and discussions of how museums can engage with their publics' in more complex, productive ways
 

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Contents

List of Images
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The Museum as Public Space
Audience Community and Public
The Museum asPublic Intellectual The Curator
Conclusion
References
Acknowledgments

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Jennifer Barrett is the Director of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and currently collaborates with the University of Hong Kong on a museum studies program to support developments in their museum sector. She is the editor, with Caroline Butler-Bowdon, of Debating the City: An Anthology (2001).

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