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

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Antiques & Collectibles - 185 pages
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Using examples of indigenous models from Indonesia, the Pacific, Africa and Native North America, Kreps illustrate how the growing recognition of indigenous curation and concepts of cultural heritage preservation is transforming conventional museum practice. She 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. The book also undermines the argument that non-western people are not concerned with preserving their cultural property - an argument that has been used to justify its collection and retention in museums.
 

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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 museology and crosscultural heritage
145
Notes
161
Index
179
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Christina F. Kreps is Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver.

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