Non-Fiction Books:

The Politics of Display

Museums, Science, Culture

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The assumption that museum exhibitions, particularly those concerned with science and technology, are somehow neutral and impartial is today being challenged both in the public arena and in the academy. This title brings together studies of contemporary and historical exhibitions and contends that exhibitions are never, and never have been, above politics. Rather, technologies of display and ideas about "science" and "objectivity" are mobilized to tell stories of progress, citizenship, racial and national difference. The display of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, is a well-known case in point. In addition, the book aims to chart the changing relationship between displays and their audience; to analyze the consequent shift in styles of representation towards interactive, multimedia and reflexive modes of display; and to bring together an array of international scholars in the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and history. Examples are taken from exhibitions of science, technology, industry, anthropology, geology, natural history and medicine. Locations include the United States of America.

Author Biography

Sharon Macdonald is lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Sheffield. She is author of Remaining Culture (1997), editor of Inside Identities (1993) and co-editor of Theorizing Museums (1996) and The Sociological Review.
Release date NZ
December 25th, 1997
Contributor
Edited by Sharon Macdonald
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
264
Dimensions
156x234x16
ISBN-13
9780415153263
Product ID
1738770

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